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Why is PETA working so hard to eliminate dog breeders and puppy mills? It’s simple: raising animals means killing them. Every time a breeder brings another puppy into the world, a dog sitting in a shelter loses a chance of finding a loving home.
What is a Dog Breeder?
Anyone who uses dog breeding for profit is a breeder. Some may be small “backyard” operations, while others may be filthy, industrial-sized puppy mills. No matter the size, all breeder is responsible for the aggravation of the overpopulation crisis.
In an age of extreme pet overpopulation, dog breeding is still irresponsible and cruel. Dog breeders treat living individuals as commodities to be genetically manipulated for profit. In this industry, many dogs are kept in crates and cages, where they live alone, never knowing the affection of a loving family.
How are dog breeders making the overpopulation crisis worse?
There is no excuse to bring more puppies into the world. More … than 6 million animals are left homeless each year, and half of them have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough suitable homes for them. Every time a dog is bred, more dogs lose the opportunity to have a good life.
Few breeders require the puppies they sell to be spayed or neutered, so they can soon have litters of their own, further compounding the overpopulation crisis. A single unmodified female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years.
Breeders don’t see dogs as individuals with specific personalities and needs, they only see dollar signs. When fleeting trends emerge around particular breeds, like the HBO-fueled huskie craze game of thrones, dog breeders are pumping out dogs just to satisfy the last human whim. The pet trade encourages the public to view animals as impulse buys, no different from fashion accessories or home decor, rather than thinking, sentient beings who deserve love, respect and a commitment to life.
Many other unwanted animals – who are abandoned but never make it to shelter – suffer and die after being hit by cars or attacked by other animals, succumbing to disease or the elements, or enduring other terrible fates. .
Are dog breeders always bad news?
While millions of dogs have to die every year because no one will adopt them, breeding a dog just once is unethical. Instead, sitters should have their animal companions spayed or neutered.
The dog breeding industry includes puppy mills – hellish mass breeding facilities in which dogs are treated like puppy-producing machines and never receive love or attention or even the opportunity to stretch their legs.
In numerous investigations, PETA has exposed puppy mill breeders who keep dogs confined in filthy cages that are barely larger than their own bodies, causing them extreme pain and distress. Kept in cramped wooden hutches with wire-netting floors or chained to trees with little or no shelter from the elements, they suffered from disease and injury. Dogs originating from these horrible compounds are often denied proper veterinary care and socialization. Imagine having to live amidst your own waste, with pus-filled wounds, excruciating ear infections and deadly parasites. This is the reality of life in a puppy mill.
Puppy mill breeders force dogs to breed repeatedly until their bodies wear out the strain of being continually pregnant under such poor and harsh conditions. At this point, female dogs are worthless to a breeder and are often taken to a shelter, auctioned off, or even killed.
Do puppy mills and breeders really sell sick dogs?
Genetic defects are endemic in any breeding scenario. These can include physical issues that require expensive veterinary treatment as well as personality disorders that often frustrate people who buy them, leading them to give up on their dogs.
Reckless breeding and the craze for “pure” lines lead to inbreeding. This causes painful and life-threatening disabilities in “purebred” dogs, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, and epilepsy. Dogs don’t care if their physical appearance meets a judge’s standards, but they are the ones who suffer the consequences of genetic manipulation.
If you purchased a dog registered with the American Kennel Club and it became ill or violent or died prematurely, let us know.
What is the difference between buying a dog from a breeder and adopting from a shelter?
Any socially responsible animal shelter will ensure dogs have all recommended vaccinations, are spayed or neutered, and have been socialized enough to be part of a loving family. They carefully screen families and charge adoption fees to ensure the potential adopter is ready for a lifetime commitment.
What if I want a specific breed?
If you’re determined to get a dog of a specific breed, there are plenty waiting to be adopted – one in four dogs in shelters are “purebred”. Additionally, there are rescue groups out there looking for homes for dogs of almost every breed. Petfinder.com is a great resource. If everyone stopped buying puppies from pet stores, there would be no market for mass-produced puppies, puppy mills would go bankrupt, and far fewer dogs would suffer.
Why are backyard breeders bad?
A hobby dog breeder is just as unethical as any puppy mill, but on a smaller scale. Using an individual’s reproductive capacity to make a quick buck is not only scary, it also adds to the overpopulation crisis, much like puppy mills do.
And just like puppy mills, hobby breeders can breed dogs with health issues, passing on genes that cause suffering in litter after litter. These types of breeders can also cut costs by not providing proper veterinary care. Everything from parasites to bone defects to deadly parvovirus could very well be overlooked by backyard breeders.
Is it also a bad idea to raise your own dog?
It is irresponsible to bring more dogs into the world when millions are killed every day because no one wants them. Animal companions can live longer and healthier lives by being neutered or neutered.
Guardians may think their animal companion should experience motherhood, but having babies is by no means vital to living a fulfilling life. And while the intentions of the adopters are good, there’s no way of knowing what will happen to the puppies once they’re adopted.
Does breeding shorten a dog’s life?
Pregnancy and birth in all species carry inherent risks for both mother and fetus. Spaying eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during periods of heat, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Castration makes men much less likely to wander and fight, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
How many litters can a dog legally be bred to have?
Efforts have been made to limit the number of litters a breeder can register with major institutions such as the American Kennel Club. But currently, there are no laws regulating the extent to which a breeder can raise an animal for profit.
PETA supports legislation that mandates castration and sterilization.
Is PETA against owning pets?
Pets are unable to survive on their own, so it is our responsibility to take the best possible care of them. PETA fully supports sharing our lives and homes with animal companions who are loved, treated well, and given proper care.
How can I help eliminate dog breeders and puppy mills?
Never buy animals from puppy mills, breeders or pet stores. If you have the time, money, and patience to care for a pet properly and for life, adopt it from a shelter. Consider adopting two, so they can keep each other company when you’re not home. And be sure to schedule a spaying or spaying appointment right away.