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Dog welfare on board Brittany Ferries (April Fool)

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A report just published, and based on research carried out jointly between the British RSPCA and the French SPA (Animal Protection League), has highlighted concerns over the welfare of dogs on long ferry crossings. The worry is that dogs are not getting the correct type and quantity of food for their needs, whether they be in car-boots, kennels or pet-friendly cabins. The two charities compared the transport of dogs on European ferries with that in Japan where similar concerns on their extensive network of inter-island routes were addressed some years ago. They found that the movement of the vessel can cause dogs to lose their appetite and not want to drink, subsequently becoming dehydrated and lethargic with potentially serious consequences.

A Japanese company called Yaap, specialising in the pet-food market, was commissioned to create a product which would encourage the dogs to eat and it includes a strong dose of ginger (often found in Japanese cuisine) to calm any sea-sickness in the same way that ginger biscuits are now being sold on board some European ferries. The results of the tests were very encouraging and Brittany Ferries is now finalising their introduction on board its cruise ferries during the coming summer season. The products called Yaap Fido Rolls are individually-wrapped sausage-shaped snacks which will be sold from dedicated vending machines placed near the pet kennels, exercise areas and at the ends of corridors with pet-friendly cabins. Questionnaires will be given to anybody travelling with a dog to judge the success or otherwise of the product and free samples will be handed out from today until the end of the school Easter holidays. If anybody on this forum has the chance to test the products please let us know how your dog reacted and if you noticed a difference.

 Ed

Edited by Gareth
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More concern to us as regular dog travellers is the visible distress caused to our pet by the wall of noise from car alarms on "bad crossings days" dogs have sensitive and directional hearing, in the pet friendly cabins on Baie de Seine she was unable to settle as she could hear the dogs in the adjoining cabin. 

We can pinpoint the times when she has not travelled well down to those crossings where she has been assaulted with a wall of noise caused by irresponsible drivers not disabling car alarms. It's akin to torture, being subjected to 6hrs of noise bouncing in all directions of solid walls and through necessarily open windows. There is only one solution for us that is to name and shame those drivers who cannot be bothered to find out how the vehicles they drive operate. And frog marching them into the car deck to disable said alarms.

The challenge for BF is turning that ( naming and shaming) into yet another revenue stream as they appear to have done with this.

 

 

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