The airline company Virgin Australia has banned flat-faced cats (and dogs) due to a spike in ‘issues across the industry’. Qantas suspended their animal service to flat-faced breeds in December 2019, as I understand it.
They cite well known health issues with these cat and dogs breeds: breathing problems due to their distorted anatomy because of extreme selective breeding resulting in a flat face which for Persians is specified in the breed standard as published by the cat associations. The associations know that flat-faced Persians are inherently unhealthy and they know their breed standard goes against their policies on health but they have done nothing about it.
About 60 years ago the Persian was a normal cat until the breeders decided they’d ‘improve it’. Yes, well done. Karma has befallen the cat associations.
The Persian is one of the world’s most inherently unhealthy cats, second in line to the equally extreme modern Siamese. The Persian also has a diabolical propensity to develop polycystic kidney disease (30+ percent develop it). And there is teat duct overflow.
The RSPCA agree with these airline companies in deciding to ban the breeds. They agree that they can struggle to breath and regulate their body temperature effectively.
I’ll presume that the Virgin Australia ban (and not Virgin elsewhere) is due to the elevated ambient temperatures on the Australian continent.
There is a huge list of breeds banned by Virgin:
Comment: I don’t why the Burmese, Brit SH, Burmilla, Scot Fold, Selkirk are banned. They are all fairly normal. The Munchkin, a dwarf cat, does have potential health issues. The Exotic SH is the same as the modern Siamese but why is it banned and not the modern Siamese? The Himalayan is a pointed Persian. The Persian comes in a non-extreme version too; the doll face Persian should not be banned as they do not have breathing problems. This list is incomplete in terms of being justified.
Dogs and rabbits banned:
Source: Daily Mail. Note – this is an opinion/news article.
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