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Readers React: There Is No ‘Responsible’ Dog Breeding

For the editor: Meghan Daum misses the reason People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is speaking out against the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the cruel breeding industry. (“Westminster Dog Show Barking Doesn’t Deserve PETA’s Bite on Meet the Breed Day,” Op-Ed, Feb. 18)

There is no “responsible breeding”. Common dog breeding practices, including inbreeding and selective breeding for deformed physical characteristics required by the American Kennel Club’s “Breed Standards”, cause many purebred dogs to suffer from debilitating, permanent and even life-threatening health.

Plus, all the puppies breeders produce rob the lovable, friendly, healthy dogs waiting in shelters of their chance at a home. Other purebred puppies find themselves homeless: one in four dogs in shelters is purebred.

People who care about dogs – all dogs, not just those who can win them ribbons and trophies – would never sacrifice dog health for appearances or bring more animals into a world where so many people suffer and die for lack of a good home.

Daphna Nachminovitch, Norfolk, Virginia.

The author is Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations at PETA.

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