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Hybrid cats now banned in Brussels
Keeping and breeding hybrid cats in Brussels will be illegal from now on, thanks to a decree approved by Brussels government.
According to Brussels secretary of state for animal welfare, Bianca Debaets, these animals are not suitable for a domestic setting since they have been cross-bred with wild cats. Hybrid cats have many behavioural and health risks because of this.
There are 17 types of cats that fall under this classification. Some of the most common are Bengal and Savannah cats, which are often very aggressive during mating.
Other cats, such as Scottish Fold and Highland Fold cats, have been genetically manipulated in a way that causes cartilage and skeletal deformations, which leaves them in constant pain and can often lead to arthritis.
Although these cats have been banned, people who already own hybrid cats will be allowed to keep them until their deaths, provided that they are sterilised.
Hybrid cats from the fifth generation on will not be affected by this rule.