FECAVA organized a meeting in the European Parliament on the extreme breeding of dogs and cats, together with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and the EU Dog and Cat Alliance. - (Meeting announcement - 5-18-2018 )
"Brussels, June 2018 - Extreme breeding and how to tackle it was the topic of the lunch discussion held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 26 June. Hosted by Members of the European Parliament Petras Austrevicius and Marlene Mizzi, and jointly organised the Federation of Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA), the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the EU Cat and Dog Alliance, it was the occasion for different stakeholders to share their viewpoints and suggest a way forward."
See FECAVA's post-meeting News item...
(Internal) ‘Extreme breeding’ of companion animals_ Raising public awareness is key
See the follow up article...
(Internal) European Parliament Event article by Parliament Magazine - 7-2018
"Former FECAVA president Monique Megens highlighted the fact that more than 50 years ago the world’s vets declared that breed standards should not include requirements and recommendations that hinder the physiological function of organs or parts of the body. “These words are just as true today as they were 50 years ago, so I’m glad we are all here in the European Parliament to address this urgent topic”. She told attendees that the breeding of pets with extreme conformation for a particular look, often to the point of animal suffering, did not necessarily mean that breeders didn’t care. “Often, it is a lack of awareness and the fact that breed related health issues are simply normalised.”
For commentary on this meeting and insights into the complexities of extreme breeding, see Dr. Brenda Bonnett's latest Blog...
FECAVA: Health and welfare impact of extreme breeding- Companion animal vets worldwide voice concern about new pug film
(Internal) Health and welfare impact of extreme breeding- Companion animal vets worldwide voice concern about new pug film.pdf
FECAVA, FVE Position Paper on breeding healthy dogs: The effect of selective breeding on the health and welfare of dogs
(Internal) 2018_06_Extreme_breeding-FVE-FECAVA - Position Paper.pdf
‘Health and welfare should go before looks, vets urge’
FECAVA, FVE BREEDING FOR EXTREME CONFORMATIONS POSTER (Internal)
Read more on breeding healthy dogs at FECAVA.
And see FECAVA's Brachycephalic issues: shared resources
The FECAVA Brachycephalic shared resources page includes links to materials from multiple EU countries, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Presentation: Dr. Brenda Bonnett - Extreme Conformation Outreach CPH - Sept 2017