Abyssinian Breed Council Ballot -- 2001
Norm Auspitz, Abyssinian Breed Council Secretary
There seems to be a movement to modify the rules for International Division shows to allow for classes of cats in championship in CFA shows in Europe that are not accepted for championship in CFA shows in the USA, Canada, or Japan. There is some precedent for this with respect to the so-called European Burmese.
I am sending out this poll to the Abyssinian Breed Council to get your input on this subject. After all, the Abyssinian breed would be affected as there are cats being shown in Europe in other associations as Abyssinians which are colors other than the four we accept in CFA at present (i.e. ruddy, red, blue, fawn). At some point, should this movement gain momentum, I would like to present the Abyssinian Breed Council perspective on this possible change in rules.
Presently, nothing concrete has been proposed. However, there has been some talk about making such a proposal to help attract more entries to European CFA shows. Please vote your conscience on this matter. I will report on the results of this ballot in a subsequent newsletter.
We have spoken about the subject of accepting other color Abyssinians and International registries in some way or another at every Breed Council meeting since I became secretary and at numerous Breed Council meetings over the last 10 years. I think it is prudent at this point to get a more formal reading on how the Breed Council at large feels about this particular aspect of the discussion, i.e. with respect to CFA shows in Europe.
Best regards… Norm.
A POLL REGARDING THE SHOW SYSTEM IN EUROPE
Do you believe that the International Division shows should have the same rules as those that govern CFA in the United States and Japan?
FIFE does not allow certain breeds to be shown in its shows, such as Scottish Folds, Manx, and American Curls. Certain colors accepted by CFA cannot be shown in FIFE, such as bicolor ORSHs. Should CFA change its rules to allow cats not accepted in CFA to be shown in CFA shows in Europe, or should CFA remain an independent body like FIFE and expect those who wish to show in its system to follow its rules?
Do you believe that CFA's status in Europe will improve if we allow cats to be shown phenotypically in the International Division?
Should the Abyssinian breed permit AOV's?
Should each breed council be allowed to decide individually whether or not their AOVs can be shown in CFA shows in Europe or should the decision be uniform for all breed councils?
Do you feel that the "affected" rule applies to cats shown in Europe? Will the Abyssinian breed be "affected" if Silver, Sex Linked Red, Chocolate, Lilac, and their derivative colors are shown as Abyssinians in CFA shows in Europe?
Do you believe that allowing AOVs in the Abyssinian breed in CFA in Europe and allowing them to be shown in championship would encourage CFA's growth on the continent?
Do you believe that allowing Silver, Sex Linked Red, Chocolate, Lilac, and their derivative colors to be shown as Abyssinians in CFA shows in Europe will make it easier for them to be recognized in the United States and Japan?
Are you prepared for the best Abyssinian in Europe to be a Silver, Sex Linked Red, Chocolate, Lilac, or one of their derivative colors?
Do you have any suggestions to help improve the growth of CFA in Europe, aside from changing CFA policy and show rules to accommodate particular European cats?
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