Ethics of breeding bulldogs raised in report on puppy farms
A state official has questioned the ethics of continuing to breed English bulldogs which now routinely require C-sections to give birth.
A report, one of 70 carried out by Government inspectors on puppy farms and other dog-breeding establishments, raised the issue of congenital conditions which afflict bulldogs.
The official found no fault with the breeder and that the animals were fit, healthy and well socialised but asked whether it was "ethically acceptable" to continue breeding English Bulldogs that routinely require caesarean sections to give birth, and were prone to congenital conditions such as "cherry eye".
"The breeding male had this condition, and the inspector asked whether it was advisable to keep using him as a sire," the official wrote.
"Also, is it ethically acceptable to continue breeding a breed that routinely requires caesareans? However these questions are beyond the remit of this inspection."
Overall the inspection reports found most puppy farms were up to standard but some reflected unease about intensive dog breeding businesses.
One wrote: "This is my first visit to a dog breeding establishment which I have to admit I find a bit disturbing and maybe unethical.
"I didn't see any dogs which were sick or unhealthy or suffering, but in some cases there were signs of stereotyped behaviours usually shown by dogs kept in confined spaces for long periods with no adequate stimulation," the report said.