RSPCA have announced a new campaign entitled Born to Suffer which is aiming to put an end to the breeding of dogs, based on how they look. The RSPCA tells us that "it isn't just show dogs that may be suffering. Many pedigree dogs never appear in shows, but many are bred by breeders who want to produce show-winning animals, and who sell their surplus dogs as pets."
Science shows that some of the most popular dog breeds have been bred to such extremes that they suffer difficulty breathing and walking. Sadly, some dogs have a difficult time doing normal dog-like things such as playing and going for a walk. The RSPCA says that a recent study has shown that the 50 most popular breeds have some aspect of their body which can cause suffering.
You can help by joining RSPCA's campaign and signing this petition calling for breed standards to be changed so that health, welfare and temperament of a dog is prioritised rather than how it looks. Please ask your friends to sign too and don't forget to share this on Facebook and Twitter. Once you have signed the petition you have the option of adding a "Twibbon" to your Twitter account, this is an icon showing your support of, and raising awareness for the campaign.
If you or anybody you know is thinking of buying or adopting a pedigree dog check out the health and welfare issues here first.