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Q: How can we change the breeding laws?

October 3, 2008 | By Melissa F. | 7 answers | Expired: 2143 days ago

How can we change the breeding laws?

We all know, we have a problem, but don't you think we need to get to the source of the problem - breeders? (of course not all breeders, there are definitely reputable ones, but very few and far between) I'm sure there are several people and organizations fighting to change the breeding laws, but wonder why we aren't fighting harder...it should be at the front of every shelter, rescue, city so we can put a stop to this overpopulation! I guess I'm not hearing about it enough and wonder how we can join together starting here at ZooToo to make this happen? Any input would be greatly appreciated!!

I've attached a picture of one of my dogs - my labrador retriever. He is a perfect candidate of why we need to put a stop to the breeding in this country. I got him when he was 6 months old, he had been in 2 homes before me. The second home was a friend, so I got to meet Bo when he was about 8-9 weeks old. It was so sad how scared this little puppy was...if you would just touch his back, he would urinate everywhere. I told my friend to bring him to doggie daycare, so we could help him trust people again. It took several months for him to come out of his shell, so what does that tell you? We know he was severely abused between 6 and 8 weeks of age. First the breeder (more about them later), sent him to a home that was abusive, no background check, just worried about the almighty dollar. Then he went to my friend, which wasn't a terrible home, but the girlfriend didn't want him in the house, so that's where I came in.

As I said, he came into my life at about 6 months, he had a torn ACL, had been abused, found out he had cataracts in BOTH eyes, allergies, a bone growth and I'm sure I'm leaving things out. Anyway, when we had his eyes checked out, they said he had juvenile cataracts at 6 months of age. They were able to tell if it came from 1 or 2 parents, in his case it came from both parents. The bone growth, allergies are all genetic. To my surprise, I learned that a torn ACL is not just from an injury, it can be from breeding. This breeder is knowingly breeding these labs that are guaranteed to have cataracts, not screening the new owners properly and who knows what else.

What can we do to make a difference? Is it possible to change our laws to what Germany has at this time?

Readers' Answers (7)
katie h.
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Oct 03, 2008

This is a great question and I'm glad others are concerned as well. I think the best thing to do is contact your local legislation. Get a petition started...perhaps get your local shelter involved in a campaign of information. The more people involved the better.

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Meg S.
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Oct 16, 2008

Mandy makes an excellent point. Too strict of breeding laws will send the backyard breeder further underground. Believe it or not, there are good breeders out there. What I feel one of the huge issues with breeding is what the dog or cat is bred for. In other words, they are mostly bred for looks and confirmation and not for temperament and health. There lies the problem.
The genetic health problems and poor temperaments are getting out of hand and many of these animals end up in shelters or rescue groups.

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sherry f.
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Oct 13, 2008

We definately need mose strict legislation on breeding animals. In addition, we need spay and nuter laws so that there are no unwanted litters that become abused and/or abandoned. Writing letters to the necessary representatives will help. In addition, starting a petition with a draft legislation and collecting signatures would be a huge advantage.

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