The Savannah Cat Club Breeders’
Code of Ethics
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this Breeders’ Code shall be to serve as a guideline for a minimum standard of excellence in the ownership, breeding and sales of the Savannah Cat. The code is designed to protect the interest of the club, its members and primarily the breed.
The Savannah Cat Club expects adherence to the code and blatant disregard for the standards set out in this code will not be condoned.
This is a living document, and as such, may be revised and updated by the Board of Directors, with input from the Membership, as outlined in the By-Laws.
Only those members subscribing to the guidelines herein are eligible to be listed in the Savannah Cat Club Breeder Referral List, have referrals made by the Secretary, and be considered a member in good standing with the Savannah Cat Club.
RESPONSIBILITY OF MEMBERS
I. Read and familiarize themselves with the Savannah Cat Club Breed Standard for the Savannah which is approved by The International Cat Association (TICA), and abide by this Code of Ethics, the By-Laws of the Savannah Cat Club & SVCC and the rules of The International Cat Association (TICA).
II. Make every attempt to insure that any agent, employee, or other person acting for the Member comply with this Code of Ethics, the By-Laws of the Savannah Cat Club and the rules of TICA.
III. Accept a majority vote of the club and/or the Savannah Cat Club’s Board as the wishes of the club. Proposed changes which might benefit the breed or the club will be made in an orderly and responsible manner.
IV. Strive to maintain the unique characteristics the Savannah has inherited through selective breeding (intelligence, athleticism, playfulness, health, and type).
V. Put the welfare of each of their cats above personal gain, profit, and/or personal convenience.
VI. Keep their cats safe at all times.
VII. Assume the responsibility for proper feeding, maintenance, health care, socialization, exercise and training of all cats in their care; retain or house only the cats for which they have adequate time, facilities and finances.
VIII. Carefully socialize their cats, and any cat exhibiting an obvious and continual temperament problem (extreme shyness or aggressiveness) will not be bred or exhibited in public.
IX. Accept the obligation to protect the interest of their breed by observing the highest standards of sportsmanship: conduct themselves in such a manner as to reflect positively on themselves, their cats, the Savannah Cat Club, cat ownership and the cat hobby, regardless of location or circumstance.
X. Keep accurate records of all cats and litters as required by The International Cat Association.
XI. Have the responsibility to educate the public about the Savannah breed and responsible cat ownership. Honestly represent the breed, its characteristics, health concerns, and suitability for any given individual or family. Make every effort to educate new owners or interested persons, and to be both instructive and constructive with their comments.
XII. Not engage in false or misleading advertising or misrepresentation of their cats, nor shall they malign their competition by making false statements regarding their competitor’s cats, breeding practices or person.
XIII. Never, knowingly, place or sell a Savannah, for any purpose, with unethical persons, those who would not provide proper and humane care to the cat, nor any person who has violated any of the principals set forth in this Code of Ethics.
XIV. Refuse to sell or give any Savannah to any pet shop, commercial breeder (kitten mill), wholesale dealer, auction, research facility, humane society, animal shelter, nor as a prize in any contest or raffle.
XV. Should you become aware of the mistreatment, abuse, or need for relocation of any Savannah, make every effort to be of assistance by notifying the breeder of the cat involved, the Savannah Cat Club’s Savannah Rescue, and helping in any other way in which you are able.
RESPONSIBILITY OF EXHIBITORS/HANDLERS
I. Never have surgery performed on any Savannah to alter cosmetic features (as detailed in TICA rules) to serve the purposes of exhibition.
II. Present for competition or exhibition, only Savannahs which are in good health, good physical condition, and well-socialized. Any cat exhibiting an obvious and continual temperament problem (extreme shyness or aggressiveness) will not be shown or exhibited.
III. See to it that all cats are properly attended to before, during, and following a show.
IV. Show, and encourage the showing, of high quality Savannahs only.
V. Help the novice exhibitor with honesty, kindness, and constructive comments, when requested.