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Animal Welfare
Tackling brachycephaly head on

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A WORKING group set up this year, made up of vets and breeder representatives is the most significant development in tackling brachycephaly since Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

That is the view of Sean Wensley, senior vet at the PDSA and a BVA past president. He described the group and what it is trying to do during a session at the British Veterinary Nursing Association’s congress last week.

The Brachycephalic Breeds Working Group was set up in 2016 following the BBC investigative documentary ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed’ in 2008. It examined the health and welfare issues facing pedigree dogs in the UK.

Wensley explained that, despite three reports into dog breeding following the documentary, there had been no appetite from government for legislation in this area.

With the popularity of brachycephalic breeds soaring, and their images featuring on everything from greetings cards to accessories to chocolates, the veterinary professions have been demanding more be …

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