That is my understanding of the situation, however, as I said I did not become involved with this until too late in the day so I am not in possession of all the facts yet. Whilst BRAS is affiliated to the FBH this event was not an event sanctioned by us and I was not aware it was happening until very recently. I should point out that lawful events do not have to be sanction by the FBH, they simply need to be run by a bona fide club or society, which clearly BRAS is.So BRAS paid the venue. The Venue Cancelled but would not refund, and a percentage of that that has been passed on to us.
Would the event insurance not cover this ?
I do understand that money has been lost here and that is has to come from somewhere but an email/phone call from the organisers would have gone a LONG way to handling this. I'm sorry, but leaving it to forum gossip/arguing/patronising comments has been a very poor way of handling this.
Colin tells us to get behind clubs and the FBH... but how about the clubs etc that have our money and goodwill getting behind us and telling us what is going on ?
It works both ways.
Having dealt with this “issue” now for the best part of two decades, that’s how long this nonsense has been going on, I have seen a lot of shenanigans from venues. Cancelation of events is extremely rare but it has happened in the passed and my experience is venues cling to funds like limpets on steroids! We will look at this in the cold light of day and see what can be done, I need to look at the facts and speak with our legal advisers before I can really say any more.
I fully appreciate people are very angry and feel very let down, and perhaps the cancelation was not handed in the most appropriate way, but can I just say this in their defence. If you have not experienced this fright train that hits you when this happens it’s very difficult I think for people to fully understand the emotions and turmoil – it turns your world upside-down, so lets cut these people a little slack, please.
I have been embroiled in this as I said for nearly two decades, death threats are still no easier to take today then they were at the start. My home has been attacked six times now, I have had my cars burnt out, come home to find your animals slaughtered and nailed to the fence, it’s not pleasant that I can assure you.
In the last few days its has become very clear we are entering a new phase over shows, not just shows but the very essence of what we do – keep animals in captivity. What I would say to you all today is now is a time for unity, more than ever before. I do understand the anger, but let’s focus that in the right direction – please?