Scottish Fold cats are one of the most popular cat breeds among pet lovers. Due to their unique appearance and adorable folded ears, they have become a fan favorite amongst cat enthusiasts around the world. However, there have been reports suggesting that this breed has been banned in some countries. In this article, we will take a closer look at why Scottish Fold cats have been banned.
What Are Scottish Fold Cats?
Scottish Folds are domesticated cats with distinctive ears that fold forward and downward towards their head. This feature is caused by a genetic mutation that affects the cartilage in their ear’s structure, causing them to bend or curl inward. They come in various colors and patterns, including white, black, blue-grey, cream-colored coats with spots or stripes.
Why Have They Been Banned?
The primary reason for banning Scottish Folds is related to their health issues. The gene responsible for folding the cat’s ear can also cause joint problems due to abnormal bone growth and development leading to arthritis-like symptoms as early as six months old.
Furthermore, studies suggest that there can be potential hearing loss due to these folds blocking sound waves from entering into the ear canal effectively; thus affecting auditory function over time.
Another factor behind Scotland folds ban is ethical concerns regarding breeding practices where unscrupulous breeders choose two-folded-eared parents who pass on faulty genes causing hearing impairment: resulting in suffering animals being produced deliberately like deafness due solely for human entertainment purposes – unethical breeding practices!
As mentioned earlier on bans may vary depending on geographic location worldwide such as Canada outlaws selling any animal with specific mutations considered cruel by law (including Scotland folds), while Australia prohibits importing/selling genetically altered pets altogether! Thereby making it illegal for anyone within its borders even possess one physically available abroad legally purchased!
In conclusion of our discussion about why Scottish fold cats are banned reveals many factors involved in this decision. While these cats are adorable and make lovely pets, it is clear that their genetic mutation can lead to several health issues that could cause them discomfort and affect their quality of life.
Moreover, the breeding practices employed by some unscrupulous breeders can contribute to this problem even more significantly! Therefore, it would appear ethical considerations must be considered before purchasing a Scottish Fold cat as they may further encourage unethical behavior amongst those looking only for profit-making at the expense of animal welfare concerns.