A Law Against Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders

Dekka

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Breeding the best to the best is ok, as long as you say the criteria isn't too narrow. Ie breed the best agility pap to the best confo pap.. Keep the diversity and keep the quality.

Though I do think one should never compromise on health. I don't mean never breed a dog with fair hips. I mean don't breed two dogs carrying a serious recessive genetic disease together.
 

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I don't really think intentional breeding is that much of the problem as opposed to accidental litters and just plain owner responsibility issues.
ITA.

I think if we could focus on some of the worse areas and just make it easy and cheap to spay and neuter these wandering dogs and cats then our numbers would be drastically lower. Yes, there has been some s/n campaign and some education but it really doesn't reach some of these rural areas. And it's a hard thing to just change the cultural attitude towards domestic animals in such a short time.
Friends of mine moved to a rural area and had quite a culture shock with the difference in ideas about pets there. People who lived near them couldn't understand why they were putting up a fence for their dogs. Everyone there lets their dogs run loose and the overwhelming attitude when one gets hit by a car is "It's ok, it's just a dog - we'll get another one". Their mailman's dog was at their house for two weeks before the mailman realized the dog was his, even though he walked past the dog every day. "That looks like my dog and come to think of it, I haven't seen my dog for awhile". When they approached their closest neighbor about his dog killing their chickens, the neighbor told them if his dog is near their chickens again "just shoot him". Most of the dogs in their area are multi-generation mixes and most people have no concept that dogs can or should be trained and contained. They have dogs to have them and when they get to be too much of a problem, they shoot them and get a new one. If they get hit by a car, well it was unavoidable because the dog was a "tire biter". If their dog isn't seen for days, they don't look for them. It really is a cultural issue.
 

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