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Pedigree Dogs Exposed

I finally gathered my courage to watch Pedigree Dogs Exposed, the documentary that caused BBC to pull airing Crufts this year. You can watch here.

Watching these breeders defend inbreeding, eugenics and physical deformities as "good" and "true to standard" made me sick to my stomach. 

All I can see now when I look at my favorite smosh-faced breeds - the pugs, frenchies and bostons - are wonderful dogs who stoically trudge on amidst a ream's worth of congenital deformities inflicted upon them by their "loving" humans. 

And apparently that whole "skull is too small for brain" bit is actually true in the case of  cavalier king charles spaniels. Some of these dogs have a congenital defect where their skulls are too small for their brain, causing mild to severe pain and neurological defects.

While unsurprising, the most offensive response is from the breeders. Their denial and total arrogance appalls me. I do not know how you argue against dozens of peer-reviewed studies with a straight face, but these breeders were doing it.

At some point, if nothing is changed, some of these breeds are just going to be so genetically fucked that they won't be able to breed, period. Which, quite frankly, will be a blessing for these dogs who suffer in silence so that a few humans can rejoice loudly over ribbons. Best in show seems like it's going to go to the dogs with a large gene pool and breeders who care about function, sound form and overall physical health more than "furnishings".


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slave2tehtink
Mar. 25th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
That seems terribly unfair, that alpacas would walk around with the most perfect fur on earth, and not like snuzzles. I would have to content myself with feeding grapes and ogling their amazing eyelashes. Perhaps while reciting alpaca-centric poetry. I have this dream of one day having a fiber animal farm so that I can knit with fibers I know were raised and live humanely!
zebrallama
Mar. 25th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
You're right. It's very unfair.

Can you spin? If yes, send me your postal address and I'll try to send you some raw Otto fleece. I've got plenty, although I don't know when I'll get around to packing it up for postage.
slave2tehtink
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
I can spin if the cats are locked out of the room (they find a drop spindle just too much temptation)!

I would love having some Otto fleece, and would be happy to reimburse you for postage! Does your LJ e-mail addy work?
zebrallama
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Don't reimburse me, but do send me your postal address. But don't hold your breath! I'm behind on everything at the moment.

jason@xeny.net

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