CODE OF ETHICS - 2009 COMPARISON
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The committee that was reviewing the current BCSA Code of Ethics (COE) has made some revisions and the Board has decided to present them to the general membership for comments. In the following document, the current Code of Ethics are in red and the proposed revisions are in black.

The member comment period ended June 26. Thanks for your input!

Lisa Pruka, President

 

BCSA Code of Ethics

PROPOSED:
The Border Collie Society of America endorses the following Code of Ethics for its members. It is the purpose of the BCSA to encourage its members to perfect through selection, breeding and training the type of dog most suitable in all respects for work as a herding dog and to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of Border Collies in every endeavor. The four primary areas of interest covered by this Code are Breeding, Selling, Ownership, and Conduct.

CURRENT:
Purpose:
In order to achieve the Mission of the Society, the following Code of Ethics is established to act as a model of behavior for the membership. As a democratic society with a board and far reaching vision of the future, our aim is to provide guidelines that will facilitate responsible breeding and selling of Border Collies, further conscientious ownership of the breed, and lastly, foster cordial, mutually supportive relations between the individuals that The Society is comprised of. The four primary areas of interest covered by this code are Breeding, Selling, Ownership, and Conduct. The Society acknowledges that circumstances often arise that call for flexible, innovative behavior. Therefore, in all questions of ethics, covered or not covered by this Code, the member shall act solely in the best interests of the breed, in good conscience, and motivated by good intentions. Finally, The Society requires the membership as individuals and as a whole to willingly aid any Border Collie owner in upholding these interests.

PROPOSED:
Purpose of the BCSA: In order to achieve the Mission of the Society, the following Code of Ethics is established to act as a model of behavior for the membership. As a democratic organization with a Board and a far reaching vision of the future, our aim is to provide guidelines that will facilitate responsible breeding and selling to insure the future and preservation of the Border Collie breed.

BCSA stresses conscientious ownership of the breed. Cordial and supportive relations among members are essential. The Society acknowledges that circumstances often arise that call for flexible, innovative solutions. Therefore, in all questions of ethics, covered or not covered by this Code, members shall act solely in the best interests of the breed.  Finally, the Society requires all members, as individuals and as a whole, to willingly aid any Border Collie owner in upholding these interests.

Responsibilities as a Member of the BCSA:   Members’ responsibilities include educating the public about the breed and preserving the breed, keeping in mind that they and their dogs represent the breed and the BCSA.  Members are urged to accept the written breed standard as approved by the American Kennel Club (or any other applicable governing body of the country in which they reside or exhibit) as the standard description of physical and temperament qualities by which the Border Collie is to be judged.  Members are required to maintain good sportsmanship at all events and competitions as Members’ conduct should always be in accord with the purposes and intent of the BCSA Constitution and By-Laws.

CURRENT:
Ownership:
Owners shall ensure their Border Collies receive appropriate immunizations, any necessary veterinary care, and adequate nutrition. Owners shall ensure their dogs receive proper training and control, preventing any charges of public endangerment or nuisance. Any public fouling will be immediately cleaned up. All dogs will be properly licensed according to community regulations. Owners will advise Breeders if any hereditary diseases or conditions arise, providing copies of veterinary documentation or correspondence. Owners will never abandon their Border Collies. When dogs cannot be kept, the Owner will contact the Breeder for possible return or help in rehoming. Failing that, the Owner shall contact the BCSA for Border Collie Rescue assistance. The last resort will be the local humane society.

PROPOSED:
Responsibilities of Dog Ownership:  Members shall ensure that their Border Collies receive appropriate immunizations, any necessary veterinary care, and adequate nutrition. Owners will advise Breeders of any hereditary diseases or conditions that arise, providing copies of veterinary documentation or correspondence.  Owners of the breed shall ensure their dogs receive proper training and are kept safe and under control at all times to prevent any charges of public endangerment or nuisance. Any public fouling will be immediately cleaned up.  All dogs will be properly licensed according to community regulations. Owners shall never abandon their Border Collie at any time.  If the Border Collie cannot be kept, the Owner should contact the Breeder for possible return or help in re-homing.  Failing that, the Owner shall contact the BCSA for Border Collie Rescue assistance. 

CURRENT:
Conduct:
The Mission and the Vision of the Border Collie Society of America must be uppermost in the minds of members. All actions in regard to the dogs, fellow members and the general public must consider the best interests of the breed. Conduct shall be positively directed towards educating the public about the breed, improving one's own knowledge about the breed, and demonstrating good sportsmanship. Degrading another member's kennel or stock with malicious intent is prohibited. It is further prohibited to threaten any members, their Border Collies or their property IN ANY FASHION. The BCSA advocates public release of information regarding any aspect of breeding as long as that information is released with permission of all parties involved and accompanied by proper professional documentation. For example, if a Border Collie is found to be affected with PRA, the owner should provide veterinary documentation, ensuring that both the owner of the sire and dam are also notified. Actions such as altering, hiding, or destroying information/certification are also prohibited. Gossip, hearsay and innuendo are discouraged. Facts, official results, and professional communications are encouraged.

PROPOSED:
Conduct:  The Mission and the Vision of the Border Collie Society of America must be uppermost in the minds of members. All actions in regard to the dogs, fellow members and the general public must consider the best interests of the breed.  Members’ conduct shall be positively directed towards educating the public, improving one’s own knowledge about the breed and demonstrating good sportsmanship. Gossip, hearsay and innuendo are discouraged.  Degrading another members’ kennel or stock with malicious intent is prohibited.  It is further prohibited to threaten any members, their Border Collies or their property IN ANY FASHION.  The BCSA advocates public release of information regarding any aspect of breeding as long as that information is released with permission of all parties involved and accompanied by proper professional documentation.  As an example, if a Border Collie is found to be affected with PRA, the owner should provide veterinary documentation, ensuring that both the owner of the sire and dam are also notified. Actions such as altering, hiding, or destroying information/certification are also prohibited.  Facts, official results, and professional communications are encouraged.

CURRENT:
Breeding:
The aim of any mating is to improve the breed. Therefore, dogs and bitches must be of suitable age (BCSA strongly recommends breeding stock be at least two years old) of general overall good health and intelligence, certified free from hereditary eye defects and hip dysplasia, of good temperament, and with sound structure and bite. The owner of the sire is as responsible as the owner of the dam in all matters of the welfare of the offspring. The terms and conditions of the mating must be clear to all parties prior to mating. Proper documentation of the mating is also essential.

PROPOSED:
Breeding:  The goal of any mating should be to improve the breed and maintain the herding instinct and performance ability of the world‘s premiere sheepdog. Therefore, dogs and bitches must be of suitable age (BCSA strongly recommends breeding stock be at least two years of age) and of general overall good health and intelligence, certified free from hereditary eye defects and hip dysplasia, be of good temperament, and of sound structure and bite. Breeding without consideration for the herding ability of the resulting litter is strongly discouraged. The owner of the sire is as responsible as the owner of the dam in all matters of the welfare of the offspring. The terms and conditions of the mating must be clear to all parties prior to mating. Proper documentation of the mating is also essential.

CURRENT:
Selling:
All Border Collies sold shall be in good health and of a suitable age to leave litters (7 weeks old minimum age recommended), properly documented (pedigree and registration). The terms and conditions of the sale shall be clearly outlined, with written instructions on feeding, health, training, and grooming being provided by the seller. Advertising must be of an honest and informative nature and the price of the dog reasonable, according to the quality, the achievements, the bloodlines, and the potential of the dog. Sellers are obligated to take back or help rehome any dog they sell, regardless of the reason of circumstance necessitating return. Sellers shall keep a record of names and addresses of all buyers, offering support and advice to all. It is prohibited to sell, consign or donate dogs to commercial dog wholesalers, retailers (pet shops), laboratories, or raffles. Moreover, Sellers should refrain from selling to unethical breeders or persons whose intentions are unknown or suspect.

PROPOSED:
Selling:  All Border Collies sold shall be in good health and of a suitable age to leave the litter (7 weeks old minimum age recommended), and properly documented (pedigree and registration). Breeders are strongly encouraged to implement a contract of sale for each of the offspring sold.  The terms and conditions of the sale shall be clearly outlined, with written instructions on feeding, health, training and grooming included. This contract should contain language that instructs the Owner to contact the Breeder first in the event that the Owner can no longer keep the Border Collie. The Breeder should understand and acknowledge that they may need to take back, or assist in finding a new home for, any Border Collie they produce at any time in its life, if requested to do so.  Advertising must be of an honest and informative nature and the price of the dog reasonable, according to the quality, the achievements, the bloodlines, and the potential of the dog.  Sellers shall keep a record of names and addresses of all Buyers, offering support and advice to all.  It is prohibited to sell, consign or donate dogs to commercial dog wholesalers, retailers (pet shops), laboratories, or raffles. Moreover, Sellers should refrain from selling to unethical breeders or persons whose intentions are unknown or suspect.

CURRENT:
Enforcement and Discipline:
It is the responsibility of each member to make an inquiry concerning suspected violations of this Code of Ethics. Should such a violation appear to exist, the Board of Directors should be notified and action taken in accordance with Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Border Collie Society of America, Inc. Board members may not take an active part in decisions that personally affect them. By adhering to this Code of Ethics, we will accomplish the Mission of the Border Collie Society of America, Inc. and reach the Vision for which we all strive.

PROPOSED:
Enforcement and Discipline:  It is the responsibility of each member to make an inquiry concerning suspected violations of this Code of Ethics.  Should such a violation appear to exist, the Board of Directors should be notified and action taken in accordance with Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution and By-laws of the Border Collie Society of America, Inc. Board members may not take an active part in decisions that personally affect them.  By adhering to this Code of Ethics, we will accomplish the Mission of the Border Collie Society of America, Inc. and reach the Vision for which we all strive.

From the BCSA Constitution and By-Laws:

“Any member may prefer charges against another member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the Breed.  The Board shall rule on the charges and award appropriate disciplinary action not excluding suspension or expulsion.”

Page Updated 07.01.2009

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