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  3. Torture breeding yes that’s a good word for what some breeders do to make a fortune out of cats with health problems.
    I too hope other countries follow suit and this is stopped,too many cats are suffering.

  4. This is nothing short of fantastic – that’s all there is to say really. GREAT – now lets make everybody else do it.

  5. A new term “Torture Breeding”. India’s first cat club called “Indian Cat Federation ” is affiliated to the “World Cat Federation(WCF)” of Germany.The First cat show by this club was held in Bangalore in April 2013. The traditional Persian cat is common among cat owners but seems most Indian cat breeders are now fancying the “Ultra-Faced Persian”.I wonder if a few years down the cat shows in India, the “Traditional Persian Cat” makes a comeback in the “Show Ring”. The “Ultra-Faced” Persian cat is definitely unsuitable for some of India’s climatic conditions, especially in the warmer and humid city’s like Mumbai. I have seen the eyes of “Punch-Faced Persian” cats watering almost continuously in a few pet shops in Mumbai.Besides breeding cats with certain genetic disabilities its very important for breeders to breed and sell their livestock merchandise (Read cats)in City’s suitable for the climatic livability of the cats.Breeding of fancy and expensive cat breeds has become more of a business to the detriment of the cat and its health.

  6. I’ve never heard the term ‘torture breeding’ but it does describe very well the cats bred especially deformed which often causes health problems.
    Good for Germany leading the way in banning it and I hope other countries follow, I can’t believe the UK Animal Welfare Act doesn’t include it! It certainly should!

    • The phrase “torture breeding” is a literal translation of the German word. Germans tend to create words that describe something. It is a nice phrase because these cats are not infrequently tortured by their disabilities. They withstand them with dignity and silence most often.

  7. Hi Michael. I agree that selective breeding for the purpose of producing cats that differ from the natural norm is questionable on various grounds. Nature has worked for millions of years to perfect or eliminate it’s creations, but humans step in an undermine this process. As you mentioned there are many examples of how this brings about health and survival issues. Natural conditions would normally eliminate useless or detrimental mutations but human interventions can actually perpetuate those non-beneficial changes. I think that is wrong and leads to the degeneration of any animal.
    “” Color lightening of the skin and the iris, numbness (my comment: right now I can’t think what this relates to)””
    I think the numbness refers to deafness. A bad translation, and this paragraph refers to white cats.
    I am not sure about the white cat issue. In Turkey and Cyprus white cats occur naturally. IK, that may fall onto the category of non-beneficial mutation which would normally die out. But is that the case. Are white cats dying out here? This can also be regarded as a beneficial mutation since many humans like the colour, adopt them from the street, and take loving care of them However the first thing that most people then do is neuter or spay them, cutting them off from any future. This clearly works against the survival of the white cat mutation. (dominant white WW). I have a lot of entire white SLH’d cats in order to counter the spay mad habits of people. I have noticed that they seem to have a very good immune system. Suleiman my white odd-eyed Van sailed through an epidemic of panleucopenia whilst still a very young unvaccinated kitten, whereas 2 unrelated coloured kittens died. His descendants and other whites also seem to shrug off seasonal viral infections that sometimes affect my cats.
    This would certainly be a beneficial mutation or genetically transmitted efficient immune system.
    But back to the topic.
    Polydactyl cats are most common in SW England and N America. English seafarers may have chosen them thinking they would be better able to keep steady on the deck of a heaving ship at sea, thus explaining the prevalence of this trait in Maine Coons.
    However breeding for unusual and non-beneficial characteristics so as to make a cat different and desirable, obviously for commercial reasons, Is I believe immoral and even cruel-Qualzuchten!

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