For centuries weâ€™ve been obsessed with breeding dogs to fit in with all aspects of our lives, from helping us to hunt and herd, to fitting in our handbags. But years of breeding (and inbreeding) has seen problems develop in popular breeds â€“ bulldogs with deformed skulls, cavaliers with major heart problems, pugs that canâ€™t breathe and labradors with hip dysplasia. Animal shelters are filled to the brim with dogs that need homes, yet our obsession with purebred pups isnâ€™t waning. Advances in technology also now mean that if your perfect dog is the one you already have, you can clone it! Just like Barbara Streisand.
Is our obsession with dog breeding a form of eugenics? Will breeding certain dogs be banned for ethical reasons? Will our future be filled with clones of our #1 pets?
This event will explore the science behind dog breeding, discussing the moral and ethical implications of breeding dogs and debunking myths around cloning our pets.
Sunday August 26, 11am
David Balding,Â Professor of Statistical Genomics at The University of Melbourne
Caroline Mansfield,Â Associate Professor, Head of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourneâ€™s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital
Megan Munsie,Â Deputy Director of the University of Melbourneâ€™s Centre for Stem Cell Systems, and Head of the Engagement, Ethics and Policy Unit at Stem Cells Australia
Danielle Reynolds, Multi-disciplinary artist
Rose Hiscock, Director of Science Gallery Melbourne (and dog lover)