Brussels Capital region bans hybrid and (Scottish) Fold cats

Brussels Capital region bans hybrid and (Scottish) Fold cats

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15 April 2019

The Brussels-Capital Region approved the first reading of a draft proposal to ban breeding, selling and keeping hybrid cats and the ‘Fold’ cats. The decision was initiated by Bianca Debaets, the Brussels State Secretary, acting on the advice of the Brussels Council for Animal Welfare (which GAIA is part of). ‘Fold’ cats, who have short folded ears may look adorable but they often suffer from terrible pain and chronic arthritis.

Hybrid cats are a cross between wild cats and domestic cats. They are not used to living in captivity and have many behavioural problems. An exception was made for Bengal cats from the fifth generation onwards, but this must be proven either by a genetic test or a certificate of origin. Cat owners who have a Bengal or Folds are obliged to report to the authorities in Brussels, who will then issue a permit.

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