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Breeders of extreme brachycephalic cats prosecuted.

From an article by on the Tier Im Recht:

http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/news/2...len_Katzen.php

A prosecution was brought against two people who bred extreme bracycephalic cats. The revised animal protection law has strengthened regulations against 'Qualzucht', intentional breeding to produce specific traits that are injurious to the health and wellbeing of an animal.

Brachycephalic animals have a shortened muzzle; in extreme cases this can lead to serious respiratory disease, causing significant suffering. Shamefully, in pursuit of a look, a fashion, some breeders of certain cat and dog breeds are selecting for ever shorter and shorter muzzles, to the point where some of these poor critters have such a 'squashed in' facial structure that they cannot breathe properly.

IMO, the gullible public must bear responsibility here as well, as clueless buyers will pay silly money when something, however unhealthy, becomes trendy - and so the vicious circle continues.

That fashion all too often trumps function is part of the 'dark side' of animal breeding, responsible for so much suffering - and I am pleased to finally see a successful prosecution. Too many have been getting away with this for far too long.

I do wish the fine had been higher, though. But at least it's a start - and hopefully other cases might be taken seriously in the future.

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Responsible breeders today are trying to undo the damage done by breeding for fashion rather than function, bringing our animals back to structural and genetic health - for which respect is due.

And I dream of the day the irresponsible ones are finally put out of business.

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Kudos, and much respect, to the good folks at Tier Im Recht for working against abusive breeding.
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Re: Breeders of extreme brachycephalic cats prosecuted.

I'm delighted to hear this news. I vividly remember an emotional lecture in my first year veterinary science class where the professor was almost in tears as he described the horrific effects of selective breeding to suit fashions and trends. It's not a new thing, mankind has been doing it for millennia, but that doesn't make it any more acceptable.

Shih tzus bred with their eyeballs perched almost completely out of their eye sockets, at high risk of proptosis, because those enormous eyes look endearing; dachshunds suffering excruciating spinal pain to give their owners the pleasure of owning an abnormally long, low-slung pet; pugs and Pekingese, Himalayans and Persians with brachycephalic heads resulting in severe respiratory distress, dental problems and shallow eye sockets — these pets aren't cute, they're pitiful, and humans created them that way. To me, this sort of selective breeding is on a similar level to tail-docking and ear-clipping — cruel, pointless and completely unnecessary, and like tail-docking and ear-clipping, it should be illegal.
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