Torture Breeding is the intentional breeding of an animal to have morphological or inherited defects or diseases that cause distress and suffering.
The Swiss, Austrians, and Germans have their own name for it -- “Qualzucht” -- and laws that criminalize it.
Under Swiss, German and Austrian law, it's a crime to breed animals in the full knowledge that their offspring are likely to suffer. Torture breeding laws in these countries ban the intentional breeding of animals that have: 1) difficulty breathing; 2) have motion abnormalities or are lame; 3) are blind or who have bulging eyes or corneal defects; 4) are hairless; 5) are deaf; 6) have neurological issues; 7) have congenital skin disease; or 8) are unable to breed or birth naturally.
Is it time for such a law in the United States?
Who can argue that the intentional breeding of Pugs without noses and with bulging eye issues is not torture?
Who can deny that the breeding of English Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, with faces so smashed they cannot breathe. and are in respiratory distress their whole lives, is not a serious animal welfare issue?
And when these two breeds are among the top ten in the AKC, who can deny that it is time to act?