Our petition was successful: action has started, with a meeting in London.
In May 2016, VetHelpDirect launched a petition, to be signed by vets and vet nurses only, calling for action to deal with the suffering of short-nosed breeds of dogs. The professions responded vocally, with thousands signing, with hundreds adding their comments to express their frustration with the current situation. You can read these for yourself, but typical examples include:
- I find it distressing to watch these poor animals fighting for breath whilst owners think it is “cute”
- I see problems at work more and more due to extremes in these breeds
- Dogs and cats should not be purposely bred to have conformation that will cause suffering
Our petition was sent messages of support by BSAVA, BVA, RSPCA, PDSA and the Dog Breeding Reform Group, and the Kennel Club responded by calling a special meeting at the Kennel Club HQ in London to discuss the issue: this took place this week, on 15th June. The stated purpose of the meeting was “to allow current research and resources available to dog owners and breeders to be presented, with a view to discussions on where we are now, and how we could productively collaborate to improve the health of dogs now and to the future.”
I attended the meeting on behalf of those who signed the petition…