The week in animal welfare: Volume #1

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Want to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of animal welfare, but not sure where to start?

Never fear!  We’ve assembled a roundup of the most recent must-reads.  

So, without further ado, make yourself a cup of tea (or other preferred beverage), get comfortable and have a click through the week in animal welfare:

Pugs and bulldogs living miserable lives because of reckless breeding, vets say: These short-nosed breeds are extremely popular, but what many owners don’t realise is that the way they’ve been bred to look can lead to serious health problems. If you missed out on the story that aired on ABC’s 7.30 earlier in the week, it’s well worth a watch. We’ve also written about the problems that these dogs can face here and here.

The changing face of pure breeds: These photos show how selective breeding has altered the appearance of some of the most popular dog breeds over the past century. At the risk of sounding click bait-y, you won’t believe some of the changes.

Another year at Crufts: The world’s largest dog show took place in the UK last weekend. RSPCA in the UK have written an interesting blog on the importance of judging dogs on health and welfare rather than appearance.

Live export sheep stressed and seasick in shipping pens:  A Queensland study has found that sheep become stressed and aggressive when put in conditions that are approved by Australia for live exports.

Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend:  If you’ve ever suffered the loss of a beloved animal companion, this article will really speak to you.

Before we let you go, we’ll just quickly plug the posts that have been published on this very blog in the last week:

Three things about greyhounds that might surprise you: With more and more people looking to adopt a greyhound, the RSPCA has a released a free downloadable book detailing everything you need to know about helping your canine companion settle into their new home.

Seven questions to ask about ethical pest animal control: In 2015, a group of conservationists, researchers and animal welfare experts assembled to discuss the issue of ethical pest animal control. Together, they developed seven principles that need to be considered before pest control takes place.