Breed Standards: A Recipe For Suffering?
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Talk summary: Breed Standards: A Recipe For Suffering? This talk aims to look at the concept of breed standards, how these translate into the animals themselves and their involvement in extreme conformation. Extreme conformation is a significant cause of health and welfare issues in many species and we will discuss whether some breed standards and, indeed, current body shapes should outlawed altogether and look at the vet’s role in perpetuating these issues.
Emma Milne graduated from Bristol in 1996. She was a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation for 6 years and sat as their representative on the BVA Ethics and Welfare group for 2 years. She has written 9 books on pet animal welfare and responsible choices for pet owners. Emma has spoken at various conferences on different animal welfare subjects, notably pedigree animal health and the welfare issues of extreme conformation. She is a patron of RWAF and Dogs Trust and a full member of the Dog Breeding Reform Group.
Emma now lives in France with her family, including a cat and two gerbils. She continues her welfare and writing work.