Why We Oppose Breeding
A common question we receive is, “I understand why you oppose puppy mills, but what is wrong with breeders?”
We believe there is no way to ethically breed when dogs and cats are languishing and dying in shelters. Every year, over 7 million dogs and cats enter shelters and about 2.4 million are euthanized. There is simply no excuse for this, and we can do better. Puppy mills and the excess breeding they contribute are certainly a big part of the problem, but that does not mean that breeding done on a smaller scale doesn’t contribute as well.
In fact, we have a problem with the whole mindset that animals should be bred to look certain ways or have certain qualities that are judged by an arbitrary standard which rates their quality or worth. That is a human-created standard that is only about our own ego and selfishness, and provides no benefit at all to the animal.
Here are some examples of excuses we hear:
“There is a demand for (a certain kind of dog).” This is NOT an excuse to breed. This does not benefit the dog and only satisfies an arbitrary human preference.
“I really want a (insert specific breed or quality).” This is NOT an excuse to breed. This does not benefit the dog and only satisfies an arbitrary human preference. In fact, specific breeds nearly always have a myriad of health problems that are not as prevalent in mixed breeds. It is a horrendous crime against these animals to subject them to unnecessary pain and suffering simply for our selfish preferences.
We advocate for doing the least amount of harm and helping the most animals possible. Breeding goes counter to that for the reasons mentioned above. This is a numbers game…we have more dogs than available homes for them. Every time a family chooses to buy from a breeder, they turn their back on an animal in a shelter. Wanting a particular breed that was not currently available at the local shelter is not an excuse continue breeding…that is done for humans and not for the dogs.
Let’s not lose site of the fact that the American Kennel Club is not an animal friendly organization. Did you know that when Indiana tried to ban puppy mills in 2009, the AKC lobbied against the ban? Dog breeding is a big industry, set up to benefit what people what, not what is best for dogs.
We think it is insulting to breed and judge them on specific characteristics we have chosen while “less perfect” mutts who are wonderful and loving and would appreciate being part of a family sit in a shelter. Every time you think about breeding, think about walking into a shelter and looking into their eyes. When you think about the question “why oppose breeding?” do so while imagining you’re looking into the eyes of a homeless animal who will be euthanized because of an industry that cares more about the preferences and whims of humans that in does about the animals.
We hope that one day Indianapolis (and all of Indiana) will ban the sale of dogs and specifically promote adoption of homeless dogs and cats from rescues and shelters. If you love animals, as most Hoosiers do, it’s just the right thing to do.
PLEASE ADOPT, DON’T SHOP
Here are just a few of the dogs who currently need homes from www.indyhumane.org Each one is affected by the choice to support breeders. They are the main reason why we oppose breeding.