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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Welcome to the "Wall of Shame": Jørgen Hindse

Jørgen Hindse
The Danish Kennel Club, lead by chairman Jørgen Hindse, is not speaking out against the breed ban in Denmark, but on the contrary plays an important role in keeping the breed ban alive and argue in favor of enforcement of the law. In this month's edition of "The Dog" - the monthly magazine of the Danish Kennel Club - Jørgen Hindse voices some of his disturbing opinions.

As always, he starts by explaining not to support the breed ban, as the Danish Kennel Club would much rather have "all dogs that resemble "fighting" dogs, to be kept on leash and muzzled at all times". How is that for an introducing stigmatizing statement? What does "resemble fighting dogs" actually mean? But lets have a look what Jørgen Hindse more has to say about what he calls not supporting the breed ban.

In his evaluation of the breed ban's first year Jørgen Hindse concludes: "based on the cases we have seen in the media it is likely we have fewer dog bite incidents than last year, and something must have happened in this respect". The chairman of the Danish Kennel Club is apparently not informed about the research of Fair Dog, indicating dog bite incidents actually have increased with 26%. Jørgen Hindse seems to suffer of something we see all too often, a general need to voice opinions, solely based on media coverage.

The chairman of the Danish Kennel Club is even going further, as he highlights one of last year's fatal dog bite incidents as an example and concludes, "this would not have happened when the owner had muzzled his 'forbidden' dog". Even today it is actually not clear what breed(s) the individual dog belonged to. Other fatal incidents where breeds were involved that were not included of the ban are overlooked by Jørgen Hindse, and he conveniently uses this single fatal incident with a suspicion of a banned breed's involvement to state: "all owners with dogs that look like one of the banned breeds and were born before the law was implemented must prove what (mix of) breed their dog belongs to." As the law was intended, underlines Jørgen Hindse.
The main problem, according to Jørgen Hindse, is that the law is not properly enforced and calls for politicians "to make public officials follow up and implement the law as intended. This will ensure we will get an effective law, achieve what it is set out to do, and can form a basis for the evaluation of the law in 2013". The evaluation Jørgen Hindse is referring to is the actual decision if the breed ban should include 12 additional breeds, NOT a re-evaluation of the actual breed specific legislation.

Does this sound like a person and an organization that is not supporting the breed ban to you? Their official standpoint in this regard is a hollow phrase. A national Kennel Club should be at the center of the fight for the rights of dogs of all breeds. Lead by people that passionately want to improve the way we breed with dogs, care for them, and live together.

My suggestion to Jørgen Hindse is to take a look just across the border to the north, and see what the Norwegian Kennel Club is doing in their country to stop the breed ban. Their chairman, Espen Engh, is at the center of the protest. Together with other organizations the Norwegian Kennel Club has moved politicians to re-evaluate the breed ban. Espen Engh is of the opinion the Norwegian breed ban stigmatizes completely well-functioning dogs and owners. And even more important, Espen Engh thinks society must invest in the dog owner's competence to deal with their dogs, its socialization and upbringing - and sees it as an important responsibility of the Norwegian Kennel Club to achieve this.

Welcome to the Breed ban "Wall of Shame", Jørgen Hindse and the Danish Kennel Club.


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  1. Ridiculous!

    The American Kennel Club has a position statement that says:

    The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs. The AKC believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. We believe that, if necessary, dogs proven to be “dangerous” may need to be humanely destroyed. The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.

    And when I interviewed the AKC spokesperson she was very strongly against breed bans.

    I would be surprised about the AKC's stance in Denmark if you hadn't led up to it with all the other shocking BSL information.

  2. Um, I meant the Danish Kennel Club's stance. Not enough coffee!

  3. That is more like it indeed. In their official statement the Danish Kennel Club does mention the owner has a responsibility as well, yet they add things like this:
    "but an owner can not stop how these fighting dog types (...whatever that means ...) are genetically wired to fight and kill"
    They are still telling old fairy tails.

  4. According to behavioral psychology research, people become more extreme in their views when they only spend time with people they agree with.

    What's crucial for the DKC is for people already participating in its activities who know how misguided and cruel BSL is to actively share their knowledge with others.

    Mr. Hindse appears to be someone good at telling which way the wind is blowing from. Hopefully breeders and competitors in the DKC will set him straight.

  5. Charlotte AnderssonJune 18, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    The danish kennel klub is the only one i europe that has that position, I don't even think there is one kennel klub in the world that has that position as the danish kennel klub. They are the most incompetent kennel klub I have ever come across.

    In some of their article about these dogs they used wikipidia as reference. They have invented a new gene, they call it the fighting gene wish they claim that these breeds possesses. They have written about this fighting gene in several articles and they have presented it for the danish government, even though that every expert has told them that there isn't anything called a fighting gene, it does not exist.

    As I said before, I have never come across a more incompetent kennel klub. They believe in myth and the story about the hound of the baskervilles.

  6. @Pamela
    I hope you are right. As the Rottweiller is one of the next breeds to be banned, I can not imagine those inside the club don't speak up more already. There are 20,000 registered Rottweilers in Denmark.

    Thanks for adding that information Charlotte. I did not know they where actually the only one in Europe with that position.

    They are horribly outdated with their fighting gene story. They still carry it in their "official" standpoint on their website as well.

  7. Keep the pressure on, Kenzo! BSL is just BS...

  8. I find that a very odd stance for the chair of a kennel club. Maybe the Danish KC needs to get a new one.

  9. @Vicky
    Absolutely! more to come :)

    Apparantley he has "ruled" for many decades, They absolutely need a change!

  10. Glad you're keeping thises jerks under the microscope, K!

  11. catching up, once again, with your "fight" against BSL. your DKC chairman sounds like a bit of a pitbull himself :(

  12. oh wait. that might be doing injustice to the pitbull. i want to withdraw my last comment.

  13. That is so frustrating! Someone who's job it should be to act in the best interest of the dogs is doing anything but. I really hope the truth about BSL comes to light in Denmark, or it sounds like you may need to relocate to Norway!

  14. Shame on you to take Things out of context - shame on you to make this site against our highly regarded chairman of the Danish kennel Club ....


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