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Q: Should most breeding of dogs and cats be illegal?

December 6, 2008 | By Chitown | 20 answers | Expired: 2045 days ago

Chitown

I'm serious. Major animal welfare organizations say that the U.S. has made progress in the last 15 years because the number of adoptable dogs and cats being euthanized has dropped from 15 million a year to around 5 million a year, where it has stabilized. Isn't that still way too high? I don't think there's a valid argument for deliberate breeding when this many healthy animals are killed annually for lack of a home. Getting the spay/neuter message out has certainly helped, but it's clearly not enough.

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Anonymous

Dec 06, 2008

It would be nice- but there are plenty of reputable breeders whose animals and progeny never end up homeless. The folks who randomly breed their pets to sell offspring can be a problem, but the biggest problem, of course, comes from folks who end up with pregnant animals just because they never spayed or neutered. No laws about breeding will control those folks. It takes education.

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Jillian
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Dec 07, 2008

people are a huge part of the problem. most don't know how to train their dogs and many fail to properly care for them in the first place. backyard breeders should be stopped, but i think regulations should be placed to keep legitimate breeders from over-breeding. a supply on demand method would be wonderful and spaying/neutering should be mandatory. there should be a registration process for anyone wanting to own a dog w/all their past dog history on record {someone whos only experienced in owning labs shouldn't be allowed to adopt an akita, for instance}. too many dogs end up in shelters b/c their owners just didn't have the experience their dog needed. before dog registrations began, the stray dog population was overwhelming, but they need to take it a few steps further if they really want to end the suffering and killing of millions of dogs.

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Jessica P.
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Dec 07, 2008

I think yes. If you breed I think you should prove that your dog/cat is purebred (first and foremost) and either is competitive in shows and/or working (herding, obedience). Also, there should be a ban on ALL "COMMERCIAL" Breeders (AKA large scale and puppy mill breeding). Breeders should not be allowed to breed/sell more than two litters in a year (No matter how many dogs they own). I personally really don't understand the world of purebred cats and if it were up to me, banning of breeding cats would be even stricter (with only one litter, of pre-sold kittens allowed). Also, the bigger thing that should be law should be if your dog/cat is not purebred AND show/working then it should be illegal if they are not spayed/neutered. I wish that breeders followed through more on spay/neuter agreements, shelter should tighten their spay/neuter timelines, and ANY stray animal should be immediately spayed/neutered within 24hours of being 'found', then the owner should have to pay the costs (instead of a fine).

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