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Dog Breeding - 'Nazi Style'

Posted 19 August 2008

Animal Aid would like to thank BBC One for showing the documentary 'Pedigree Dogs Exposed' which investigated the breeding processes used to produce pedigree dogs and the high incidence of genetic diseases they suffer as a consequence. The programme threw into question the BBC's coverage of Crufts, which is well known for its strict rules on conforming to an ideal 'breed standard' of appearance. The documentary compared practices at the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, to Nazism in its emphasis on breed purity.

In order to aesthetically please humans, the industry continues to manipulate - through selective breeding - the colour, shape and size of 'man's best friend'. Pedigrees often have exaggerated and unnatural physical characteristics that cause them to suffer ongoing, inherited, and often painful health problems that can be detrimental to the dogs' welfare and result in costly veterinary bills. Whilst breeders continue to produce pedigree animals, because they fetch large amounts of money, thousands of dogs (and other animals) languish in shelters in need of a loving home. Animal Aid encourages people who would like to care for an animal, and who have the time, money, space and commitment needed, to always adopt from a rescue centre.

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