Thursday, 6 March 2014

Every dog is different...

And so another Crufts comes to pass (6th - 9th March).

And with it comes a broadcaster (More4 - part of Channel 4) with no moral compass attempting to flog its coverage with an image of an animal broken by humans for their own amusement. 

Huge, wonky, blister-prone eyes. Massive nose roll. And no discernible nostrils.

You can complain here.


Here's the whole video.

19 comments:

  1. "Every dog is different" !?

    Then why do they keep trying to make little clone copies with rampant inbreeding and adherence to rigid standards and unwritten conformity? Heck, CONFORMATION is the literal antithesis of "different."

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    1. why do dog breeds not have sub-categories? In horse breeds we have foundation stock. In the arabian breed there are alot of types like straight egyptian. Why not dogs? Also all dogs applying to be breeding material should pass a basic trial course that exerts the dog. that would get rid of defective studs.

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  2. This is the TV blurb, Christopher, not the KC's. And, obviously, what they really mean is that every breed is different.

    I suspect the KC had nothing to do with this trailer. After all, surely they would pulled them up on the state of this Pug?

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  3. UrbanCollieChick6 March 2014 13:43

    I filled out the complaint and submitted but it came back due to technical problems. Will try later, or email.

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  4. Is there a trick to connecting to a video? All I see is what looks like a screen snap of one frame of a video with no live links.

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  5. I like how breedists always say that each dog is an "individual" and yet insist dogs breed "true to type"

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  6. I've lodged a complaint about the pug, but also about the Fox terrier because of the danger regarding cruciate ligament and back damage, breaking legs, and possible snapping at children if a child was eating food in front of a dog. Showing such action that could be copied by the public is irresponsible broadcasting, imho.

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  7. Care to comment on these leonbergers? I don't think their legs look remotely orthopedically stable, esp the 2 on the left. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152348956343825&set=a.454242008824.232513.143027413824&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_reply

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    1. They're pretty easty-westy in front. This can be due to puppyhood nutrition as well as genetics. It's got to do with the bone growing faster than the muscles and ligaments; very high protein puppy foods have been known to cause this.

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  8. More4 has just showed us 3 examples of the working group that are fine examples of their breed and how breeding to the breed standard can produce healthy dogs: the Neapolitan Mastiff had stenotic nares - I was looking out for them.

    The group winner of the Bull Mastiff has stenotic nares.

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    1. There is no hope!

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  9. Complaint made!

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  10. I have sent a complaint about the danger of "normalising" the appearance of these sadly unhealthy dogs by the continued use of their pictures in promotions and advertising. I am saddened by how many people ( judging by casual conversations) still think pugs are cute and have no idea of the health issues.
    I have been promised a response - I will wait with interest ...

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  11. I had a prompt reply today saying they are sorry that I objected to a particular dog in the trailer and to be assured the complaint has been logged.
    Well, at least they replied and if enough people get in touch then it will help - hopefully.

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  12. It's a shame poor examples were chosen...but at least the pug could run up the stairs...
    VP

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  13. "Every dog is different" Shit, you don't say Channel 4, well try telling the KC that.

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  14. Had my response from More4. Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries regarding CRUFTS 2014.

    Our coverage this year, as in the past, will not only cover the show itself, but will also reflect the on-going debate and continuing developments regarding dog welfare. We believe that by providing a major platform for debate and education, this can help people to make the right decisions about buying, raising and breeding healthy dogs as well as ensure that this debate is given an on-air forum. To that end, we will cover a range of health and welfare topics in short films followed by studio discussions with a member of the British Veterinary Association. We also have the RSPCA working with More4 and Channel 4, on how best to address health and welfare issues in the coverage of this year's Crufts
     
    Our aim, within the Crufts programmes to be shown on both More4 and Channel 4, is to reflect the British public's love of dogs in all their roles, not only as show dogs. There is extensive coverage of cross-breed dogs in the Agility and Flyball and also in the Scruffts final shown on Channel 4 on Friday. We?ll also be drawing  attention to the issues surrounding Category 3 Breedwatch dogs and the measures being taken to eliminate any practices which might cause suffering whilst also highlighting the lighter side of dog owning and the pleasure and companionship that can be had through owning a dog.
     
    Finally, the Channel 4 website will also be offering a range of ways to engage with Crufts and the issues around the show, including detailed practical advice and links on How To Buy a Puppy. 

    However please be assured that your concerns regarding the health and welfare of the dogs featured, including the Pug from the trailer, has been logged and noted for the information of those responsible for our programming.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate all feedback from our viewers; complimentary or otherwise.
     
    Regards, 

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