End grandfather to granddaughter mating in dog breeding

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Side note: If you sign this petition it will ask if you want to donate money, please don't. This is a project for school that I wanted to do to see how many people I can convince to sign.

I came across the breeding practices among dogs by accident a couple months ago when bingeing documentaries. I was completely shocked and horrified with what I discovered and I would like to help make a difference.

Dogs, or what I like to call puppers, are suffering from hereditary diseases that manifest in nearly every dog of that breed because of inbreeding. King Charles Spaniels suffer from syringomelia (their skull is too small for their brain), Dalmations suffer from a propensity to form bladder stones, German Shepherds suffer from hip dysplasia, Australian Shepards suffer from epilepsy, and pugs suffer from deformed palates and navel cavities. And that's just the beginning. It is estimated that due to the excessive inbreeding, the dogs in the future will reach a point where they will become infertile. 

With such devastating consequences, you would think that the leading organizations in dog breeding and registrations such as the Kennel Club would be doing everything in their power to prevent this. But you would be highly mistaken. Although they did outlaw the practices of mother to son/ father to daughter and brother to sister matings, they still register dogs produced from grandfather to granddaughter mating (which is twice as close as between cousins). It's an absolute joke that a organization that claims that it's "dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs" still permits grandfather to granddaughter mating even though it increases the inbreeding coefficient and likely hood of the future generations inheriting genetic diseases.

The Kennel Club claims that it cannot restrict breeders because they would stop registering their dogs. That may be true for some but ending the breeding of grandfather to granddaughter would be a significant step towards solving the inbreeding epidemic. 

Please keep in mind that not all breeders are the villians and don't care about their dogs. There are many who also advocate for change in order to help their dogs' health and wellbeing.

I hope you sign this petition and help support the fight to end inbreeding. This may be just one simple petition that seems that it won't change anything but the more people know and advocate for change, the more likely the change will occur sooner rather than later.



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