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Friday, 12 April 2024

FCI launches new health and welfare website

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The Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) has launched a new health and welfare website. In a statement the FCI said, “, the new FCI dog health and welfare website, is finally here!

“This is a platform not only for breeders but also for everyone involved in dogs or planning to have one. The already available materials and those to be published in the future will aim to give valuable knowledge to improve dog health and welfare! “Check out and share our materials freely with those who would find them helpful!” On the site the FCI said, “This website is created and managed by the FCI.

The FCI represents ninety-eight pedigree dog organisations across the globe whose primary aim is to protect, preserve and promote the welfare and health of pedigree dogs. “The greatness of these organisations should only be judged by their efforts and means adopted to achieve these aims, with the welfare and health of dogs at the fore of everything and above all else. “The aims of this site is to give the most comprehensive and thorough source of information to all dog owners, both current and especially future ones. To dismiss myths and set the record straight about many issues related to dog care and ownership.

To ally fears and to give realistic expectations of what dog ownership truly entails and the many responsibilities and challenges this involves. “There is nothing worse than embarking on this journey ill prepared, or with no true notions of the actual responsibilities that come from this most rewarding relationship.” In recent years, dog breeders have faced challenges from governments and opponents with the desire to restrict the breeding of purebred dogs. The Dutch government introduced laws which prohibited the breeding of brachycephalic breeds, as defined by the system of head measurement, using a traffic light colours system of classification. According to this criterion, only dogs with the length of a muzzle at least a third of the head are allowed to breed. LEGISLATION Legislation banning the breeding of animals with certain features and conformation exist in Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland.

So called torture breeding laws, that is the breeding of animals that will produce offspring that are likely to suffer because of the genetic or phenotypic makeup of the parent animals exist Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

A clause in The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 says, “No dog may be kept for breeding if it can reasonably be expected, on the basis of its genotype, phenotype or state of health that breeding from it could have a detrimental effect on its health or welfare or the health or welfare of its offspring.” This clause has not yet been tested in a UK court. Germany, Austria and Switzerland also ban the showing of certain breeds.

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