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Spring Appeal 2024

In recent years, the problem of health issues related to genetic diseases and unsuitable breeding in companion animals has been cited as a top welfare concern for the veterinary profession and others. Some genetic diseases arise due to random mutations that become established in a breed, but in other cases, welfare problems can occur as a direct result of features being selected for. Perhaps the most obvious example is the breeding of brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs.

Despite a number of organisations highlighting the potential issues faced by flat-faced breeds such as breathing, neurological, skin, ear and eye problems, the number of these dogs is rising many people continue to breed and buy these dogs. UFAW recently funded a study that aims to understand why such animal welfare campaigns may fail, with the aim of laying the foundation for more effective educational material and campaign. Using the findings of this study at others, we will continue to update our existing webpages for prospective dog owners, breeders and others.  

This study is one of many supported by UFAW which uses science to create quantifiable, significant change.

If you, like us, believe in science in the service of animal welfare, please consider making a donation to UFAW. Your donation, however big or small matters, just as the welfare of every animal does too.

Thank you.

Should funds exceed the amount required for these initiatives, UFAW will apply funds to other animal welfare projects


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