Petition No.1071/2014 by Linda Mäki-Sulkava (Finnish) on breeding of unhealthy traits in animals (dogs)
Summary of petition: The petition draws attention to the fact that while there are laws on animal welfare and diseases, these laws relate to production animals, not pets. The petitioner states that unhealthy traits are generally accepted in cats and dogs, when the same traits are considered a developmental handicap in production animals. The petition cites dog breeding which has given rise to short noses, excessive hanging skin, and distortion of structural proportions, such as over-heavy bones. She lists many dog breeds which have precisely these unhealthy afflictions. The petition proposes that the laws on animal welfare be revised.