World Cat Congress Member News

News from our members around the globe 2017-1

Australian Cat Federation Inc

Lesley Morgan with John and Neil Evans

Shimma Kinda Special, a Russian owned and exhibited by Alan & Janis Christison and bred by Lucy Nikiforos

The 2016 ACF National was hosted by one of our Queensland member bodies, Queensland Feline Association (QFA) in the capital Brisbane, judges representing CFA, TICA, NZCF and ACF officiated over two days and six rings. The Lance Barnard AO award for Supreme Exhibit was won by CH Kimara Blu Shimma Kinda Special, a Russian owned and exhibited by Alan & Janis Christison and bred by Lucy Nikiforos.

The seminar held on Monday included presentations by Dr Ian Williams BVSc, Royal Canin on Nutrition for Queens & Kittens, Lorraine Shelton, Link between Colour and Temperament was enjoyed by all present, Karpati, a new pattern that has emerged in domestic cats in the Carpathian Mountains and is similar in appearance to the Lykoi the “werewolf cat”. Jamie Christian presented the Lykoi a new breed which was elevated to Championship status with TICA from 1 May 2017. Heather Roberts, a TICA judge introduced the Singapura and Brian Pearson, CFA presented the Turkish Angora which was given recognition at the 2016 General meeting the following day.

The ACF Cat Legislation Committee was formed with representatives from each state, the purpose of the committee is to increase knowledge of cat legislation in each state and work towards uniformity of cat legislation nationally for the benefit of cats and responsible cat breeding and cat ownership. Joy Verrinder representing the Animal Welfare League and convenor of the G2Z Project, was appointed as an advisor to the committee.

G2Z is about community based change, it exists to advocate for the reduction of abandonment and killing/euthanasia of companion animals around Australia. This is achieved by supporting the organisations on the front line as well as working with those that influence policy at the various levels of government. G2Z supports responsible and ethical rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of companion animals and has been developed primarily to deal with cats and dogs, although other companion animal species are not excluded or valued any less.

Another year has passed as everyone prepares for this year’s National 10th – 13th June, hosted by GCCFV one of our Victorian member bodies. Judges from the USA, the Netherlands and the various states of Australia will be officiating over two days of judging, we can look forward to some very interesting presentations at the seminar to be held on the Monday followed by a full agenda at the Annual General and General Meetings on the final day.

Robbie Walker

International Liaison Officer,
Australian Cat Federation Inc