The Oslo District Court unanimously decided to ban the breeding and sale of English Bulldogs and Knight King Charles Spaniels in Norway. The subject of the controversy is an alleged violation of the country’s animal welfare law.
The court upheld the Norwegian Animal Protection Association, which claimed the existence of a selection and breeding process, as an attack on the animals’ welfare and health, with serious repercussions on the dogs’ normal growth and development.
In the case of the English Bulldog, as explained by him Bulldog ClubThe difference between the ancestral breed and the current breed is becoming increasingly clear, and the English Bulldog, as we now know it, has a more robust appearance, greater weight, a wrinkled head and a flatter snout, characteristics that directly interfere with the breathing and sweating of dogs and can be fatal at some point.
The decision, known on January 31, is the culmination of a long legal battle, which began in 2018, disputed between the Norwegian Animal Protection Association and organizations dedicated to creating English breeds in the country, among them the Norwegian Cavalier Club. The Norwegian Bulldog Club and the Norwegian Kennel Club (NKK). But the latter has already refuted the court’s decision.
The official, Kjetil Johansen, told MailOnlineadding that people will continue to buy the breeds, “but from irresponsible breeders and from countries with a lower health standard than those from the Kennel Club and other clubs in Norway”.
The court’s decision constitutes, in the eyes of Bill Lambert, of the UK Kennel Club, the approaching breeding and smuggling of English dogs and King Charles Cavalry. “We know that outright bans on breeds don’t work – we saw this in the UK where attempts were made in 1991 with the Dangerous Dogs Act. This simply drove the breeding of these dogs underground, resulting in a large number of unregistered animals for it. It is impossible to reach the breeders or buyers of these dogs or have any impact on the health and well-being of the breed.” MailOnline.
On the other hand, Uchild Roaldst, of the Norwegian Animal Protection Association, sees the result of the operation as a “historic judgment” and represents “above all, a victory for the dogs.”
He concluded, “The health problems of dogs have been known since the beginning of the twentieth century. Dogs have the right to be raised in a healthy way,” in statements to telegraph.
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