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Face lifting and botox-injections for dogs
A veterinarian from Sao Paolo, Dr Edgard Brito, offers different procedures for dogs: wrinkle-reduction, eyebrow-correction and even full canine facelifts. `Plastic surgery is good for dogs,` declares his website. The legal point remains unclear: Brazilian law does not address the controversy directly. A statute of 1943 bans the mutilation of animals, but there is no legal consensus on whether cosmetic surgery should be classed as `mutilation`.


But many Brazilian dog lovers believe it is unethical for a surgically-enhanced animal to win a top show.

`You really hope people won`t bring you dogs like that,` says Suzanne Blum, who has been judging competitions for more than a decade. `At a crowded show the judges get only three minutes with each animal. That`s not long enough to tell whether a dog has had surgery.`

The main objection to cosmetic surgery, voiced by Brazilian animal welfare groups, is that it might be used to conceal genetic defects.

Suzanne Blum offers an example: `A dog may have surgery to correct imperfect teeth or a tail. And then it might win a show. At that point, it commands huge stud fees - even though it has a concealed genetic defect.`

Is canine cosmetic surgery illegal?
Back at his Sao Paulo clinic Dr Edgard Brito is dismissive of calls for new legislation.

`It`s perfectly reasonable to use simple surgery to make a dog beautiful,` he says. `There`s nothing unethical about that.

`But I agree that vets should not conceal hereditary defects. It`s not fair on the dog, the judges or the other competitors.`


Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/3923099.stm



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