Science&Tech Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority is warning “Bambino Sphynx” breeder By WeeklyNews staff Posted on August 1, 2019 1 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has issued a warning for the first time to a cat farm in Gendt (Gelderland). There cats were bred of the Bambino Sphynx type, a “designer cat” without fur and with short legs. The NVWA came into action after a request to that effect from animal rights organization Dier & Recht, a spokeswoman confirmed after reporting in Trouw. To be able to act, the service had criteria drawn up by Utrecht University. According to these experts, cats such as the Bambino Sphynx are at risk for skin cancer, respiratory tract infections, and pain due to hernias and joint wear. They speak of ‘mutant breeding, whereby deliberate selection is made for harmful hereditary characteristics’. According to the NVWA this is the first time that has occurred, but certainly not the last time. “There are more requests for enforcement, not only for these cats but also for others. We take every report seriously. “ The owner of the Gendt cattery says on Facebook that she has meanwhile sterilized her cats.