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Animal welfare
Selective breeding: making the welfare consequences clear
  1. James K. Kirkwood, OBE, BVSc, PhD, FSB, HonFRCVS
  1. Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN
  1. e-mail kirkwood{at}

In February, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) launched a new website,, to provide potential pet owners with information about the welfare consequences of hereditary problems in companion animals. Here, James Kirkwood, UFAW's chief executive and scientific director, discusses why the charity felt that such a resource was needed

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