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We Should Stop Breeding Dogs

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On many occasions I’ve made posts on Facebook saying that while there’s even one homeless dog in this world, there should be a complete and immediate stop to the breeding of any dogs.

But What About The Poor Breeders?

Someone once replied to such a comment of mine by saying that, while she knew that my heart was in the right place, it would be a shame to lose some of the pure bloodlines that breeders had gone to so much trouble to create.

I told her, “Go to your local shelter and tell that to the dogs sitting on death row. Look at those poor dogs in the eye and tell them that it doesn’t matter to you that they’re behind bars waiting to either be adopted or - much more likely - be killed. Tell them that what’s important to you is to preserve your precious bloodlines.”

I Don't Give A Crap About The Breeders

I find the selfishness in this kind of thinking absolutely stunning. Lives are at stake here! Millions of lives. How could bloodlines possibly be more important?

Every single year millions of dogs all around the world are killed in shelters because selfish people continue breeding dogs, despite the fact that there are clearly not enough homes for them. This must end.

The Final Word

I’ll conclude this Dog Blog in the same way I began: by saying that while there’s even one homeless dog in the world, there should be a complete and immediate stop to the breeding of any dogs.

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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