Netherlands to Ban Flat-Nosed Dogs and Other Animals with Harmful External Characteristics

Dutch Agriculture Minister Piet Adema has announced that bans on trade and import, as well as on advertising and social media, are being considered for animals with harmful external characteristics, such as dogs with flat faces and cats with folding ears, given the health problems these characteristics create. In a statement released on January 20th, Minister Adema said: “We make life miserable for innocent animals, purely because we think they are ‘beautiful’ and ‘cute’. That is why today we are taking a big step towards a Netherlands where no pet has to suffer from his or her appearance.” Those who currently own these designer pets will be allowed to keep them as they live out their lives.