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74 individual members have subscribed to the BC for the 2015-16 show season.
Of those, 9 are double members (1 cattery 2 votes), and 11 members (15%) are from outside the USA/Canada.
This is a relatively small amount of breeders (considering the size of the breed community participating in CFA events all over the globe) that have decided to join the BC, and where many actually are no longer breeding Abys since many years if not decades. 11 (15%) of the current members are judges (2 Emeritus).
I think it is legitimate to ask whether it is ok, if only 24-27 individuals can overthrow a breed standard even if only in certain points. The current rules require that 60% of voting members must support a proposal for the BOD to ratify. Note, it says voting members, not members. So, in theory, if only 6 out of 10 voting wanted a change, it could be considered by the BOD.
But, let’s look at the proposed changes in detail, one by one. First, item 2, change the wording of ticking description. Look at the comparison of various standards from different established associations. 8 out of 13 standards use similar wording as current CFA standard, 4 have no description at all, and one (GCCF) has a rather confusing description in general. So, what exactly should be “vague” about the current wording if the vast majority of all Aby standards use exactly the same way to describe it? But, let’s look at two ticking examples of a ruddy Abyssinian.
On both cats, the light banding is of the undercoat color, but one is truly “light” while the other is dark and muddy. So, which one should be given preference?