UKC Forum Member
Registered: May 2007
Location: Kindred, ND
Just one question CCR...If OFA removes the registration numbers from their website, how do you expect to search their database?? By names?? I don't think that's a very efficient or effective way to search such a large database as I've noticed many names that are misspelled or don't exactly match up with other records. Maybe the owner misspelled them or they are typos, but the result is the same: you can't find them without searching by the registration numbers.
Now, JMO, but OFA is a public database and you do sign a waiver to allow them to make any and all information you put on their forms public. No, it's not right when some use the information to falsify records. However, crying foul over something that you not only gave the organization permission to publicize but also is a very useful tool for the majority is just not the answer.
This is not going to stop anyone from falsifying records. Just think about it...most breeders post their pedigrees right on their websites. AKC also sells pedigrees to anyone who wants to pay for them. I'm sure it's not hard to get the same from UKC. So, you see, the OFA database is just a drop of water in a colander. Those that want to falsify records will always find a way- even if they have to spend a small amount of cash to do it.
The only way I can think of to deter (notice I didn't say stop) anyone from falsifying records is to make it illegal- which I believe it already is in most countries. So, if you have a case and have the clear evidence to back it up, my suggestion would be to take it up with the courts- not to shut down the effectiveness of a useful tool the majority use properly.
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