After years of lawsuits and legal work, the law has been enforced on everything and there will no longer be distinctions of official and non-official associations, it will be work to assert the best, so it will finally be possible to heal the sick cynology that has suffered for years for the lobbying and corrupt system of the sector monopoly … we thank all those who in recent years have believed in our work and have relied on us …
the sources of the news come directly from Spain where the longest cause in history on the monopoly of dog lovers took place.
THE MONOPOLY HAS BEEN BROKEN AND SEVERAL JUDGMENTS AGAINST THE FCI AND ITS ORGANIZATIONS MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THEY EXERCISE POSITIONS BY DOMINICATING THE WORLD KINOPHILIA.
Effect on the national press on the ruling of the national competition commission, in this post you have all the links.
From the delivery of the decision, what it takes is obliged to respect and not doing so leads to fines. (12,000 euros per day).
but the battle continues to recognize other rights for dog lovers linked to the alternative sector to the FCI.
The CNMC fined the Royal Canine Society of Spain (RSCE) with € 142,996 for an abuse of a dominant position prohibited by Article 2 of the Law for the Defense of Competition and Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. (S / 0044/19 ROYAL CANINE COMPANY OF SPAIN).
Beginning of the investigation
In October 2020, the CNMC launched an investigation into the actions of the RSCE for possible anti-competitive practices after receiving a complaint from parallel associations not belonging to the FCI circuit.
National and international certificates
In Europe, to be considered purebred, a dog must have a pedigree certificate. This certificate can be issued by any officially recognized canine association, upon registration of the animal in its herd register, since the market for purebred dog certification has been liberalized.
Limits to the judges
Both FCI and RSCE members allow judges to participate in competitions and shows that allow dogs to access categories that give them greater value. The results of these activities can increase the value of dogs when they get rewards recorded in their record. This, in turn, is reflected in the purchase prices of purebred dogs in Spain and abroad.
The restrictions imposed by the RSCE on its judges for participation in competing associations’ exhibitions have a potential impact on their entry into the market, which was considered part of the abuse.
The CNMC has accredited that the RSCE has violated the competition rules for the following behaviors:
– To require the owners of purebred dogs registered in other associations, in order to obtain an export certificate from the RSCE, to cancel them from the registers of other competing associations and to register in the RSCE register, with the payment of the relative fees.
– Tariff discrimination and cancellation of the history and honors of dogs registered in its register that came from other associations, compared to those originally registered in the RSCE register. The data of their ancestors in the RSCE book is deleted for dogs that are modified by the registry, which generates a significant impact on their assessment. Furthermore, different prices are applied for the registration of dogs, depending on whether they are registered for the first time or come from the registers of other competing dog associations, without any justification.
– Discrimination consisting of the persecution, prohibition and sanction of RSCE trained and licensed dog judges (and other judges trained and licensed by other foreign dog associations that are members of the FCI) when they have attempted to arbitrate or have arbitrated in events organized by other national canine organizations competitors.
– The creation and use of an organizational structure of collaborating partners, collaborating companies and friendly companies, through the signing of exclusive and non-competition agreements to strengthen its dominant position in the national and international genealogical certification markets compared to other associations competing national canines.
Damage to rival associations
These behaviors slowed the expansion of national dog organizations with their own purebred dog books and reduced their income, reducing the demand for breed certificates required by competing associations and increasing the income of the RSCE.
In addition, the RSCE has hindered the development of dog shows, competitions and events organized by competing dog associations and has reduced the number of dog judges available on the market.
For the above, the CNMC has decided to inflict a fine of 142,996 euros on the RSCE for the commission of a single and continuous very serious violation of article 62.4. b) of Law 15/2007, of 3 July, on the protection of competition.