Stop Unethical Breeding and Change Breed Standards #prettyugly
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While pedigree dogs may look pretty, as we all know, good looks come at a price, and in the pedigree dog world that price more often than not looks pretty ugly. In the quest for the Pug's perfectly wrinkled face, or the Basset Hound's droopy eyes, many pedigree dog breeds suffer from crippling genetic diseases and grotesque over-exaggerated features. The Kennel Club is well-aware of the damage it is causing to these animals and has so far made no real efforts to make a positive change. Instead, it prefers to present features such as flat faces or skin wrinkles as desirable, and makes a business out of parading inbred and unhealthy dogs in depraved beauty pageants, while claiming all of them are outstanding examples of canine refinement.
It is widely acknowledged that if humans were to be subjected to such levels of inbreeding that all sorts of horrific illnesses and deformities would occur, yet nuclear family mating has only recently been banned by the Kennel Club. As a result of this severe inbreeding, and the continuation of breeding grandparents to grandchildren etc, the chances of a pedigree puppy in the UK being affected are dangerously high.
By creating this petition, we want to emphasise the importance of a healthy, happy and intelligent dog over the length of its snout or the droopiness of its eyes. While there are many dog breeders who do their best to produce happy, healthy puppies, there are too many who sacrifice their dogs' quality of life for their looks.
Breeds such as the Pug dog and the British Bulldog battle everyday just to breath, while 50% of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will be diagnosed with a terminal heart condition by the time they are 5 years old. For breeds suffering with such horrific genetic diseases and physical distortions there must be a complete overhaul of the current breed standards and new breeding programmes should be put in place in order to eliminate the genetic diseases.
Any geneticist will tell you that it is no longer ethical to breed these dogs in the current manner, and soon, their gene pools will be so small that we will have effectively bred them into extinction. Due to the damage caused by hundreds of years of inbreeding, immediate change will not come over night. However, this only makes the cause more urgent. So, the more awareness we can spread about the ugly truth behind dog breeding the more effective the campaign will be, hopefully bringing pedigree dogs closer to the end of their suffering.
Thank you very much for your time in reading about this issue, and we hope you have decided to sign the petition. You can follow the campaign's progress on twitter at #prettyugly, facebook and of course here on change.org.
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