years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
A Dachshund from 1906 and today: showing clearly how breeding has altered its physique.
Each year across the world many millions of unowned and unwanted dogs are destroyed due to irresponsible dog breeders and owners. Animals Asia supports the de-sexing of all dogs and cats to reduce the number of unwanted companion animals and also supports the adoption of unowned dogs and cats. We are against the breeding and sale of dogs and cats from dog breeders and pet shops. Animals Asia calls upon Kennel Clubs and breed societies across the world to address these issues within their own breed standards and show regulations, promote the adoption of animals from rescue centres and develop educational programmes to encourage responsible dog ownership.
UK RSPCA Chief Veterinary Advisor, Mark Evans summarised the problem: “The welfare and quality of life of many pedigree dogs is seriously compromised by established breeding practices for appearance, driven primarily by the rules and requirements of competitive dog showing and pedigree dog registration.”
Animals Asia has compiled a comprehensive report on the problems associated with the breeding and promotion of purebred dogs, including the significant health and welfare problems in many breeds. Included in the report are findings from independent studies from several animal-focused organisations and groups:
The RSPCA (UK) commissioned an independent scientific report on pedigree dog breeding in the UK in 2008.
The Bateson Report (UK) is an independent inquiry into dog breeding by Professor Bateson, University of Cambridge (2009).
The Multilateral Consultation of Parties to the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, (Council of Europe 1995) has also identified a number of anatomical features in dogs which can lead to welfare problems.
The Kennel Club (UK) completed a review in 2009 for each of the 209 UK registered pedigree dog breeds and announced revised standards to benefit their health and welfare. This was in response to media exposure of the wide-ranging health issues and subsequent welfare implications which affect many dog breeds.
The report highlights and supports the extensive recommendations made by the Bateson Inquiry and the RSPCA report and provides recommendations for Kennels Clubs, breeders and breed societies globally.
Ultimately if the public stopped buying breeds that have hereditary disorders or anatomical features that adversely affect their health and welfare, irresponsible breeders would stop breeding these animals and these lines would potentially die out.