Stop Breeding Cats Burdened With Painful Defects

Target: Matthew Bershadker, President of American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Goal: Support ban on breeding of cats with genetic defects that cause chronic health ailments.

A feline breed made popular by celebrities such as Taylor Swift has gained a loyal social media following and an uptick in individuals interested in acquiring these “designer cats.” Scottish Folds are renowned for their unusual short, floppy ears. Unfortunately, this “cute” appearance derives from a genetic defect that can present long-term and painful health issues for the cats.

The mutation impacts the cats’ cartilage, making it weak and unable to properly hold up the ears. The defective cartilage can also cause painful chronic conditions like arthritis in the feline. Even seemingly healthy cats will typically develop problems, including shortened limbs, abnormal walking, and a tail that hurts constantly. And no matter the method of breeding, research has suggested that all Scottish Folds will inherit these defects.

Many regions and nations have already banned the breeding of these cats, but the practice still remains largely unchecked in the United States. Sign the petition below to urge an end to the intentional infliction of pain and suffering in the name of trendiness.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Bershadker,

Ideally, no living being would endure a lifetime of pain from the moment of birth. Yet in the world of designer breeding, countless animals are subjected to this cruel fate due to the vanity of human beings. The Scottish Fold feline is one such example.

This breed derives from a single ancestor with a genetic mutation that can cause arthritis and other bone deformities from as early as seven weeks of age. And because people deemed one aspect of this mutation “cute,” an entire breed was created and still continues to be created. While pet owners “ooh” and “aah” and post social media pictures, the animals themselves may be enduring pain literally with every step they take.

Many regions, including the very region where this breed was born, have taken a long and hard look at this sanctioned cruelty and banned the breeding of Scottish Folds. The United States should follow this example. Please advocate for an end to this man-made cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mihai Matei


9 Comments

  1. SELFISH celebrity animal abusers by buying intentionally deformed, sick animals from GREED BASED BREEDERS bc they can!! STOP THE HEINOUS BREEDING AND MUTILATION OF ALL ANIMALS TO CREATE BEYOND SICK DESIGNER PETS BASED ON “GREEDING” AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE FROM THESE POOR VOICELESS SUFFERING ANIMALS!!

  2. ADOPT, DON’T SHOP.
    Pets are family, not designer accessories, so don’t pay greedy breeders to generate animals when there are so many wonderful, precious companions just languishing in shelters, needing good forever homes.

  3. Ejohnson says:

    People who support this should be altered in the same way the animals are and let them feel the pain

  4. sick people put them away

  5. Jaime Perez says:

    People are so stupid when they choose to follow a selfish celebrity who has a “designer” pet. They want one too. So the greedy breeders make a profit off the suffering of the animals. It’s a sick, sick world with evil people.

  6. Lou Castora says:

    well if tay tay has one then all the brain dead idiots who follow her to the bathroom have to get one too. people are such a joke. they follow all these shallow celebrities instead of people of substance.

  7. Breeding is a business. I hoper there are laws about how and what to breed. These cats bred in other countries isn’t our concern. The law must be clear that we will not allow the breeding of these cats due to the lifetime of pain they will suffer. Humans can be so ignorant but we who know the aftermath of such breeding must stop the breeders. Anyone breeding this cat must be one to prison. No lawyers, no excuses as no one should make money by harming others and forcing them to live in agony for the rest of their lives. Make it a 20 year prison sentence and watch the number of breeders go wear down.

  8. Julie Bates says:

    This is because…FUCKING MONEY TALKS AND BULLSHIT BREEDING WALKS ..
    BLAME YOUR SYSTEM …TAKE AWAY LICENCES…MAKE CHANGE .

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