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

December 6, 2008 | By Chitown | 20 answers | Expired: 2042 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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shelby d.
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Dec 19, 2008

This is a slippery slope! I wish there was a way to require kittens and puppies to be neutered/spay before they left the breeders unless they were a very few, serious pick of the litter types. But that seems odd as well. I just wish there was some easy GREAT way to get people to take personal resposibility.

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Dec 17, 2008

Sounds good on the surface, but in this country most laws are enforced in a discriminatory manner, if they are enforced at all. We can't even keep the corporate crooks and politicos from scamming. Not enough personpower or will to change the status quo! I feel uncontrolled breeding of humans is equally bad, but we won't see laws against that any time soon. I feel ya though!

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Sandy S.
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Dec 13, 2008

It should be more strictly regulated. I like the way Switzerland regulates breeding. Breeders must prove they have buyers for their animals before they can breed them.

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Gretchen S.
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Dec 12, 2008

It would be difficult to enforce, but it's probably a good idea. Also, groups like the AKC should be much more proactive. If they refused to provide papers for puppy mill and backyard bred dogs, the puppies for profit industry would be crippled.

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Meg S.
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Dec 10, 2008

Let's face it....euthanasia will never be eliminated because not every animal is adoptable either because of temperament or health. Also, animals do not lieve as long as we do so if breeding was totally eradicated, where would our future pets come from?
The focus must be on responsible breeding which there are many good breeders out there. I believe the breeder's focus, however, should be on the animals health and temperament and not on the appearance or conformation of the animal.

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Spongebrooke
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Dec 08, 2008

I know making breeders buy permits has been proposed before. The problem with this is that it still allows puppy mills, those who pump out litter upon litter and actually MAKE a profit off of their animals, to easily purchase permits. When it is actually the small time breeders that only have a few carefully bred litters per year, and don't make squat from the sale of their puppies, that are the reputable breeders.

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Mary  A.
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Dec 08, 2008

I believe Germany has a law requiring dog owners to have a license (permit or some sort of official permission) in order to own their pet. And part of that licensing requires the pet to be surgically altered unless special permission is granted. Now, Germany may not have all the best solutions for circumstances in the U.S., but I could certainly support owner registration. Shoot, we should have a similar system for parents.

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Anonymous

Dec 08, 2008

It would be great to see such legislation here in Austin, but it is a real slippery slope. People here were up in arms over the legislation that made it a finable offense to have your dogs walking free in the back of your truck on the highway. Many people see breeding as a hobby and feel that the reproduction of their pets are a right.

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Jeff K.
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Dec 08, 2008

I would love to see some form of regulations put on the breeders. The regulations would be hard to enforce but some of the breeders really don't care about the animals just the money.............

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Koko01
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Dec 07, 2008

i heard it was illegal in New York, but i think it should be illegal in all of the united states because there are enough in shelter and in the pet shops, why make more?

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