© Therese Rodin
The European Parliament held a conference in June 2018 that aimed at “ending the unnecessary suffering of dogs and cats bred with excessive exteriors such as flat faces, narrow nostrils, skin folds and protruding eyes”.
The conference host was a Vice-President of the EU Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and co-organized with the EU Dog and Cat Alliance, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations.
Brachycephalic dogs, including the Pug, were taken as an example of breeds suffering from the effects of breeding and extreme typing. The participants spoke of the need for a common European strategy for dealing with the problems. It was emphasized that it is not desirable to see this type of dog in advertising and films and that all the countries in the EU can work with awareness raising programs, as has been done in Germany. It was also pointed out that in the UK, the Kennel Club encourages owners of this type of dog, registered in the kennel club, to report whether their dog has undergone any form of surgery that is related to extreme typing. Also, legislation on an EU level was suggested; “Common EU legislation can help and protect companion animals from extreme breeding” (Parliament Magazine, 9 July 2018).
Parliament Magazine. 9 July 2018.