There’s been a lot of good news for doggie kind lately. First, our canine friends in the U.K. got a break when the (British) Kennel Club announced that it would be reviewing and revising breeding standards for its “recognized” breeds. The first step was to inform breeders of Pekinese dogs that it was no longer acceptable to breed dogs with such flat faces because (duh) it’s difficult for them to breathe through their poor little squished-up noses.
Then, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently voted to revise its policy on tail-docking and ear-cropping to say that it definitely opposes these unnecessary cosmetic procedures—and that it encourages their elimination from breed standards! (Dear breeders: Please stop lopping off pieces of your dogs to make them “prettier.” Love, the AVMA.)
With these precedents in mind, PETA has written a letter to the American Kennel Club (AKC) asking it to adopt some seriously long-overdue guidelines to reduce the discomfort, diseases, and disorders that plague inbred—sorry, purebred—dogs.
Crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, and epilepsy: These can all be results of the genetic manipulation and inbreeding that breeders rely on to achieve “desired” traits such as perky ears or short legs. If the folks at the AKC really cared about dogs, they’d want to prevent them from being ill or in pain, right? … right?
Of course, if the AKC really cared about dogs, they wouldn’t be encouraging people to add to the dog and cat overpopulation crisis in the first place—but that’s another story.
You can check out our letter to the AKC here—hopefully, there will be better times ahead for doggies here and abroad.
Written by Amanda Schinke