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11 Feb 2020

The Ramifications of Breeding Brachycephalic Dogs

By Julia Lee Heaving and wheezing, panting and collapsing, brachycephalic dogs struggle to breathe and survive due to severe morphological abnormalities, including the recognised characteristics of short-face and airway obstruction. Brachycephalic dogs includes pugs, bulldogs, boxers, and Staffordshire terriers.  Witnessing their health struggles is distressing from any perspective, but for a veterinarian it’s even more  frustrating to treat these conditions when they are predictable, resulting from selective breeding. Breeding these traits results in severe welfare problems, which to many vets […]

02 Sep 2018

The need for legislation to ban the use of ‘no pet’ covenants in residential leases and supported accommodation

There is a growing body of research showing that people enjoy social, psychological and physical health benefits from living with their companion animals. Yet in the important area of housing, the law does nothing to protect the human-companion animal relationship. Each year thousands of people are forced to relinquish their beloved companion animals when their circumstances change and they move into rental accommodation that bans pets. Vulnerable people, such as the elderly, mentally ill and homeless, are particularly at risk […]