There is a fast-spreading pedigree kitten scam doing the rounds. Scamsters are using the name and cattery name of registered breeders, creating credible-looking email addresses and are marketing kittens at exorbitant prices and even more exorbitant shipping fees. Of course the kittens do not exist and once payment has been received, the ‘breeder’ vanishes and the number no longer works. Some complainants have mentioned "West Africa/French accents" when they did, in early phases of the buying process, spoken to these fraudulent "breeders".
We urge you to please do due diligence and confirm email addresses and telephone numbers of breeders with the 3 South African cat registration bodies before responding to any adverts. If what is seen in an advert or email differs from what the registration bodies’ supply, BE AWARE! All reputable breeders would have to be registered with at least one of these bodies. Also see http://www.kittycat.co.za/warning-kitten-scams/
Five proposed changes to the Show Rules were presented at the AGM for discussion and voting.
Two of these proposals were accepted as rule changes. The new rules and reasons for the change are as follows:
Show Rule 3: Complaints against persons.
(e) The person referred to in Paragraph 3 above, has the right to refer the matter to the GC of SACC for review in terms of the rules of the Ethics Committee.
Reason: At present SACC does not have a formal Ethics Committee- complaints and reviews are conducted by the GC Delegates who follow the laid down Ethics Committee Rules which appear in the Constitution.
Show Rule 19: Entries.
19.i) The committee may refuse any entry or entries provided that a valid reason for doing so is given.
Reason: An exhibitor has the right to know exactly why entry/entries are refused.
SACC Management consulted a lawyer who dealt with the situation and, touch wood, there has been no further contact from the SPCA.
Please could you kindly refrain from dressing up your cats.
Let’s show that we have respect for our sponsor, Royal Canin and let’s not give the impression to some that our cats are indeed “performing” as fashion models.