Appearance and profit: these animals suffer the torment of their own breeding

Updated: 06/02/2022 – 20:48

BETA employee explains
These tormented animals must suffer in order to be beautiful and useful to humans


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Did you know that Persian cats and ram rabbits are also tormented animals? Why is this the case and which animals are still affected.

Man-made suffering inflicts on living creatures simply to make them appear attractive – or profitable: these animals are all born by torture!

What would you say if you broke your nose or cut off your legs for purely aesthetic reasons? Or will you have to gain a lot of weight super fast? They will definitely object to it! Unfortunately, the animals cannot say anything about this, but they have to put up with it: through the so-called torment breeding, they suffer for life just because people find their appearance cute or make them profitable!


Years ago, the Federal Chamber of Veterinarians decried that “bulging-eyed pugs, flat-faced Persian cats, and odd-looking bulldogs” were often used to advertise that these “cute” animals do well. However, the fact that they have significant health problems due to certain properties is simply acceptable. scandal!


PETA Officer: Animals bred are all about looks and profit


Jana Hoger is an animal welfare expert at the animal rights organization PETA Germany. Animal rights activist talks to BILD der FRAU about the suffering of tortured animals, the reasons for this, and what needs to change. You can also see which animals are particularly affected.

Fierce women: In addition to dogs, cats and many other animals are affected by torture. What are these in particular?

Jan Hueger: Today, a number of animal species are affected by overbreeding and suffer from reproductive-related traits throughout their lives. Not only among the animals living in the housing there are such affected representatives as dwarf rabbits, rams or satin guinea pigs and many species of birds and reptiles, but also among the animals bred in agriculture. For example, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and cattle are now raised for human interests in such a way that they “put on” so much body mass in a short time, sometimes that they are no longer able to stand or produce something abnormal in the amount of milk (after the calf is born) and suffer From acute inflammation of the extremities or udder.


Are there strains of torture that not many (unfortunately) know they are?


Many people do not realize that there are two essential components in industrial animal husbandry: performance and yield. The more eggs and milk the animals produce, the faster and larger they can grow in the shortest possible time, the greater the profit of the industry. Over generations, only the animals that met the desired criteria were selected and would be reproduced in the breeding process. Diseases and painful changes are inevitable consequences of this breeding for performance. Affected animals often have severe arthritis, broken bones, and open wounds.


Moving away from ‘ethnic ideals’


What are the main reasons why people do this to animals?


In the field of so-called pets, many physical characteristics were bred to conform to human ideas. Aesthetic reasons often play a major role here, but also breeding associations that attach great importance to precisely such characteristics and thus enhance the suffering of animals. In the field of animals in agriculture, the focus is particularly on performance and yield – and thus also the profit that can be made from such a creature.


What must be done urgently to end the suffering?


People should separate themselves from the corresponding “ethnic ideals” and focus on the character of the organism. Only personality and human-animal chemistry should determine whether or not living with an animal friend is appropriate. More and more people are also deciding not to continue supporting animal suffering in agriculture and switching their diet to vegetarian food – with every decision, we humans can make the world a little better for animals.


These animals suffer from torture


We’ve already reported on torment breed dogs such as the Pug, Chihuahua and Dachshund, who experience lifelong pain. But many other animals included in PETA are also affected. Selection:


  • Sphinx cats: They are also known as “naked cats” because they lack fur. Important mechanical protection is taken away from them, which is why they have to constantly produce heat and therefore they need more food. In the summer, animals often suffer from sunburn. Because they often lack whiskers, they find it very difficult to communicate with other animals and find their way around in the dark.
  • Persian cats: Like bulldogs and dogs, they are very short of the head, which results in the shortening of the maxilla, narrowing of the upper airways and nasolacrimal ducts. They breathe very hard, often have eye infections, and it is difficult for them to eat. Persian cats also tend to have difficult births and an increased stillbirth rate, and they often suffer from kidney disease, which can lead to premature death. Long fur quickly becomes tangled and needs a lot of care. If this is not done, the only thing that will help is a whole clip, which is very stressful for animals.
  • ram rabbit: The long, floppy ears, which is why they are considered so attractive, are actually prick ears. However, because they are so long and heavy, they hang around, curling up in the rabbit’s ear canal and making it difficult for air to get in. Painful inflammation is often the result, and you usually can’t hear well. The field of view of flying animals is also restricted, and long ears can also drag on the ground and cause injuries.
  • dwarf rabbit: They have a very short head, which often leads to skewed teeth, so that animals cannot eat enough. Another complaint is narrowing in the lacrimal duct area, which can cause chronic colds and eye inflammation, as well as breathing difficulties. Continued breeding to create smaller, cuter rabbits causes lifelong agony and suffering to the animals.
  • Dalmatian and white guinea pigs: In the case of animals with white or piebald fur coloration, homologous mating often results in severely deformed or dead offspring: young animals are usually toothless, blind, and have serious organ damage, often resulting in death after birth. This birth can also be life threatening for the mother.
  • Chicken, turkey, duck and geese in fattening: Animals should put as much meat as possible in the shortest possible time – especially in the breast and leg area. On average, chickens live less than 40 days at the mast. During this time they gain about 60 grams per day until they weigh about two kilograms at the end of the fattening period. For a person, depending on the initial weight, this corresponds to an increase of four to five kilograms per day and would be as if the skeleton of a child had to carry the weight of an adult. The consequences of this tormenting breed: painful deformities of the bones in the legs and chest, inability to move, problems with the heart and blood vessels, organ failure. Almost all “hybrid breeds” are used in the poultry industry that have been manipulated by breeding for fattening – even on organic farms.
  • Chicken in the egg industry: Like any other bird, the original breeds lay only a few eggs a year – and they do this in order to reproduce. However, special breeding allows laying more than 300 eggs per year. Too many eggs lead to major physical problems after a short time: the calcium required for the formation of eggshell is released from the bones of animals, which means that almost all chickens in the egg industry suffer from multiple fractures of the eggshell. The sternum, the extensor organs are inflamed. Because of the genes that are manipulated by breeding, chickens cannot affect egg laying for themselves, which is why they are usually in disastrous physical condition after about 1.5 years.
  • Holstein cows in the dairy industry: A Holstein cow can produce up to 10,000 liters of milk per year. Due to the extremely high production, many animals suffer from painful udder diseases. Many nutrients, such as calcium or magnesium, are also excreted from the bodies of animals in quantities from milk, which leads to metabolic disorders. This creates a negative energy balance, which can lead to many metabolic diseases and negatively affect the state of the claws. Fertility disturbances are also the result of excessively high milk production. High-breeding “dairy cows” of this species live no more than five years.
  • Petrine pigs in the meat industry: This high-performance breed was bred for particularly rapid muscle growth: the animals must gain about 110 kilograms in about seven months, which is about 500 grams of weight gain per day and make life without pain practically impossible. Mortality and morbidity are especially high, and a rapid increase in body mass can also lead to cardiovascular disorders and destruction of muscle fibers. The musculoskeletal system of animals is often affected because they are not able to withstand very rapid weight gain. Animals often remain in the pathological “dog seat”, exhibiting pain when standing, or walking on tiptoe or wrist joints to relieve joint pain.


← PETA Deutschland eV is the largest animal rights organization in Germany. Its goal is to help each animal lead a better life. To achieve this, PETA is committed to exposing cruelty to animals, educating the public, and promoting an informed and respectful lifestyle.


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There is a lot of animal suffering. Although cows do not have to die to produce milk, their lives are often agonizing. What many do not know: their calves also suffer from the dairy industry. Why is this the case?


Often times we don’t want to cause any suffering to our animals – we just don’t realize it. For example, when we let dogs eat at the table or dress cats nicely: what goes a long way when it comes to humanizing pets?


Already know? Feathers, wool, and leather: animals must suffer for these clothes.


If all the animal suffering upsets your stomach, read our great interview with PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk: It’s so easy to make animal-friendly decisions every day, because that’s their dogma.



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