You may, or are not able to have insured an image of an Arabian “designer” horse doing the rounds on the Internet. If you hadn’t, we’re really sorry, because now it’s going to haunt you for the rest of your days.
The breeding of domestic animals to realize them appear a certain practice is not new, humen have been doing it for thousands of years. Just looks at pugs! But at what point is too much? By the searches of the backlash against the so-called decorator mare, El Rey Magnum, debated “close to perfection” by his breeders, we’re not far off.
The image at the top of this article is not El Rey, as his breeders, Orrion Farms in Washington State, are rejecting dispensation for the press to publish photos of him( you can see the photos and a really creepy video here ), perhaps due to the backlash, or because of an editorial in the journal Veterinary Record, where foremost vets have uttered their horror at his bizarre appearance.
“I amazed at first whether this was a’ photoshop’ joke, ” said UK equine expert Tim Greet in the article, “but clearly it is intended to be deadly serious- which of course is what it is- truly frightful! ”
“Where will it terminate? Is it actually so bad for a horse to look like a pony and not a cartoon persona? ” included Veterinary Record Editor, Adele Waters, while Jonathan Pycock, chairman of the British Equine Veterinary Association, explained that the dipped figure of the nose “served no functional the objectives and could introduce the pony at risk of exhaling problems.”
They are right to be outraged. But is it any different to the current ardour of squashed-faced bird-dogs like pugs or bulldogs? How about the even more on-trend sausage bird-dog?
Pugs, bulldogs, and other brachycephalic hounds have been engendered to the point where their skulls search squashed and their eye sockets are shallow, intending their eyes protrude. They have troubles wheezing, skin conditions due to plethora bends, and digestive ailments. Dachshunds, or as they’re affectionately known, sausage dogs, are at risk of paralysis due to their unfolded backs.
It’s concluded the demand for these small dogs is on the rise due to keeping swine as comrades rather than labouring animals, and the rise of metropoli living in smaller spaces.
Haven’t we all at some quality watched Crufts with a mix of preoccupation and repugnance? Do you know anyone that doesn’t desire a sausage pup? But pups aren’t the only swine humans have messed around with. As you can see here, sheep, chicken, swine, and cats have all had the same care. There’s selective breed and then there’s exactly being cruel. When will we know when to stop?