Target: Mark Watts, President of World Animal Protection
Goal: Outlaw the breeding of Scottish Fold cats worldwide to end the unnecessary suffering caused by genetic defects.
Scottish Fold cats suffer from a genetic defect that stunts the development of cartilage. Not only does it give them their distinctive ear-fold, but causes severe bone and cartilage abnormalities throughout their bodies that lead to severe and painful arthritis.
Additionally, such a defect can fuse the tail, ankles and knees, causing reluctance to move as well as abnormal posture and gait. There is no cure for this defect, only treatment for the conditions it causes, and treatment can only go so far before the cat’s suffering becomes so great that euthanasia may be the only solution.
This is more suffering than any cat ever deserved, yet people continue to breed these animals solely because they are cute, rare, and sought-after. For years, people have labored under the misconception that the folded ears are simply a cute little physical quirk, but they are symptomatic of something much more harmful.
The practice of breeding these cats has already been banned in Victoria, Australia, but it should be banned everywhere. Sign this petition to demand Scottish Fold breeding be outlawed worldwide, in every country and on every continent.
Dear Mr. Watts,
People are still breeding Scottish Fold cats despite it having been proven by medical science that the distinctive ear-fold is symptomatic of a greater problem. These cats suffer from a genetic defect that affects the bones and cartilage negatively, leading to a variety of health problems and reduced mobility. The continued breeding of this species of cat should be outlawed–it is not fair to the animal born and bred to simply be cute at the cost of their physical health.
Cats deserve better than this, and so far only one country in the entire world is reported to have banned the practice of breeding these mutant cats. That is not enough. Please take steps to ensure the ban of breeding Scottish Fold cats throughout the rest of the world as well.
[Your Name Here]
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