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How a dog's life should mean life

Minister reveals action plan to stop rash purchases of man's best friend


As a puppy he was cute, but now he is just time-consuming (Photo: Colourbox)

February 24, 2014
19:55

by Alina Shron


Thousands of dogs are euthanised in Denmark every year because the owners find they cannot look after them anymore.

But now the food minister, Dan Jørgensen, wants to address this animal welfare issue with the action plan 'Et Bedre Hundeliv' ('A better dog’s life').

On his Facebook page, he announced his collaboration with animal welfare organisation Dyrenes Beskyttelse, the Danish Kennel Club and the Danish Veterinary Association.

”It’s a big responsibility to have a pet. You owe it to both the dog and yourself to choose your dog with care and make sure you have the time, money and space necessary to keep it," Jørgensen told TV2. 

"The buy-and-throw-away culture is wrong when it comes to animals."

The action plan comprises four initiatives, including a provision in the animal welfare act that breeding choices must not interfere with the physical well-being of the animals. For example, there is a tendency for breeders to favour dogs with flat noses for aesthetic reasons, even though it makes it harder for them to breathe.

A public awareness campaign and a prohibition of dog markets will specifically target the problem of impulse acquisitions. When people make rash decisions based on cuteness, the choice to abandon the animal comes with similar ease.

According to an estimate ​​by the Danish Veterinary Association and the Danish Kennel Club, about 12 healthy dogs are killed every day in Denmark for reasons of convenience.



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