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Virtual Science Speakeasy: What the Pug?!

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This is a free virtual event but capacity is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please click the link below to register your place on Zoom.

Thursday 22 April, 8.00pm
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Set aside: 2 hours
Who is it perfect for: Adults (18+ only) 
Next Date: Thursday 22 April 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Set aside: 2 hours
Who is it perfect for: Adults (18+ only)  
This is a free virtual event but capacity is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please click the link below to register your place on Zoom.
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What the Pug?! Should we ban selective breeding for pets? 


During lockdown, many of us have turned to furry friends for comfort. Designer pets have never been in more demand. Flat-faced Chugs (that’s a Chihuahua and pug cross breed to me and you), short-legged Munchkin cats, English Lop rabbits with soft floppy ears are all on the ‘most wanted’ lists. Social media is awash with cute and loveable designer pets – but is it fair to breed them in the first place? 

It’s no secret that the North East loves its dogs, with 36% of North East households owning at least one dog (compared to the UK average of 26%).* But crossbreeding to produce designer dogs may result in a much less predictable litter in terms of health, wellbeing and temperament. Not that purebred dogs are always better; one study** found that only 25% of owners of flat faced dogs, like pugs and French bulldogs, are aware of the breed-specific health problems their pets can face before choosing their pet, and only 10% of owners could spot that their dog was struggling.


Vets are often left trying to surgically improve unhealthy animals’ quality of life, but many of them feel like they can’t pass on the warnings to owners for fear of pushback. Should vets be more vocal?

Should we ban these breeds? Or, if they bring happiness to people – should we just leave well alone? 



Meet the panel

  • Dr Vim Kumaratunga is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist at Langford Vets, part of Bristol University, with 16 years experience. Vim’s particular interest is feline eyes, although his day-to-day work covers a broad spectrum of different animals; from domestic pets to more exotic species (including appearing on BBC Two’s Trust Me, I’m a Vet to talk about bearded dragons)! Vim’s favourite animal is a leopard.
  • Dr Rowena Packer is a Lecturer in Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science at the Royal Veterinary College. Her research looks at how dogs are affected by inherited diseases, and has even informed breeding laws in the Netherlands! Rowena’s favourite animal is the rat (which are basically like tiny dogs).
  • Dr Joshua Jowitt is a Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University. Josh’s research looks at how the law engages with animals, and he has recently spent time in Heidelberg, Germany, researching the broad picture of Global Animal Law. Josh’s favourite animal is a badger (it used to be sloths until he found out they only defecate once a month so he lost all trust in them).
  • Bill Lambert is the Head of Health and Welfare at The Kennel Club where he oversees all their health initiatives. Bill has been a breeder and judge of dogs for over 40 years and, through his work at The Kennel Club, has been responsible for the development of the Assured Breeder Scheme which has set the benchmark for quality standards in dog breeding. Unsurprisingly, Bill’s favourite animal is a dog – particularly Bull Terriers.

Register your place at our Zoom event by clicking the link below and enjoy a lively night of debate from the comfort of your own home, and even raise a virtual hand to ask our panel a question.

*36% North East households have at least 1 dog.
**Three quarters of owners unaware this could be an issue.

​​​​​​​At events held in Life Science Centre, a cocktail bar is available; for Virtual Science Speakeasy, we want you to replicate the experience in your living room, so pour yourself a drink, dim the lights and get comfy on the sofa.

Capacity is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will need access to the Zoom mobile app (available on App store and Google Play store) or Zoom Desktop Client to take part.

Telephone dial-in is also available. Details on this will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

Thursday 22 April, 8.00pm
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