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Now, the Ragdoll. The first one is the AOV, to add an AOV color class for Colorpoints. Any questions on this? We have a rep that’s here to talk. OK. Do you have a statement to read? Our breed council secretary had a family emergency so I accepted. Would you introduce yourself to the board please? Oh, my name is Brenda. I’m a breed council member. I’m not the secretary. Last name? Hammett. And they have presentations for us. You all have one of these? They went right out on the table yesterday. Did you have any comments? I get tired of harping on this. I tell you this every time this issue comes up. I love Birmans. I think they’re a wonderful breed but they do not look like Ragdolls. If we’re going to have What Is A Breed as a policy in this organization, then we ought to adhere to that policy. Now, that covers blue point Orientals looking like Siamese. To me, that’s a What Is A Breed policy about some breeds mimicking another. Now, if you can tell me that you can put a Colorpoint Ragdoll on that table and any color Birman you want to pick on that table, and if you can’t tell the difference between those two cats, then you guys go back to Judging School 101. Now, if we’re going to be an organization and we’re going to take cats in this registry, there is no – even if you want to talk about mitted, which they think this is going to lead to – no breed owns a color pattern. If we’re going to go by something like this with one breed, we’ll never accept another blue cat, we’ll never accept another cat that has brown tabby and white, we’ll never accept another breed that has mackerel tabby, brown mackerel tabby. That’s it. I understand Darrell’s point of view, but I have definitely the view that our policy in CFA for years has been to preserve the distinction of the breeds, and the cat breeds have very subtle distinctions, unlike the dogs, and we have to really be very careful about one breed encroaching on another in many ways. Color is just one of the ways in which a breed can possibly be detrimental to a breed and I think that the Ragdoll going to the fully masked face definitely changes the entire look of the cat. When you look at the Birman and the Ragdolls in a photograph and if you don’t handle the head and you don’t really look at the profile and the roman nose and everything, they do have a similarity. I think it’s enough so that that subtlety is very, very important in this situation. I think I was here when they were proposed and we had long discussions about the fact that if this was going to be a distinct breed, it had to be in the bi- color pattern only and they, I thought, promised that that was what they were going to do. They asked for the pointeds and the mitteds to be used in their breeding programs and we felt to have certainly a period of time for the diversity of the gene pool, it would be important to allow those cats, but it was with the idea that they would be gradually moved out of the breed and that we would have this wonderful, distinctive look to these cats, so I think it’s not only detrimental to the Birmans, it’s detrimental to the character of the Ragdolls. As pointed out, no breed owns a color pattern. It’s quite obvious by what the Birman people did years ago. In any event, if CFA is moving towards breed recognition as what we work to promote [inaudible] I realize

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