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a pet rant again

Over the years of going from farm kid to breeder to rescuer and foster then back to breeder and farm owner I have come to realize our entire system to fight homeless pets is completely flawed.  We could spend the next 100 years trying to adopt out all the pets in shelters and rescues and we’d never get ahead because we are doing it from the wrong direction.  Cleaning up after the irresponsible breeders does not make less pets appear in shelters.  It makes space so the rescuers can go empty out a millbreeder of a bunch of animals they are threatening to PTS so that they can breed more.  I actually was on the receiving end of some dogs from just such a case where the rescuers practically killed themselves and cut all adoption prices to find homes faster.  All in order to bail out this millbreeder who had no intention of stopping breeding and would just refill the cages with something he thought he could sell better.  So long as there is somewhere for the bad breeders to dump their excess and accidents they will never stop breeding.   Even if we make it so that it’s impossible to make money breeding people will still do it and some on a grand scale just to do it or just to avoid neutering their animal that they never supervise.  It’s a dead end road.

What I think the solution is goes entirely against the rescue crowd.  If we encouraged buying from responsible breeders and researching responsible breeders people would stop impulse buying and the good breeders could determine what and who should be breeding.  The breeders who are willing to educate people, make sure their animals are not going to a home where they are likely to end up in a shelter(I know you can’t guarantee it), and want to improve something on the breed.  I don’t agree with having to breed to standard only but producing something that is going to be useful for the purpose you are selling it for I think falls under responsible.  Pairing up buyers and animals because you know what you are breeding is also responsible.  If we did that people would do more research before buying because it would be stressed on them to find a good breeder, the quality of the animals would go up both by health and personality, and as a result fewer of those animals would end up in shelters.  If we also had mostly breeders who would always take back any animal for any reason (I’m not saying they have to refund money) then we could probably narrow down our use of shelters/rescues to mostly small breed rescues that exist for when an owner and the breeder are truly in a bad situations rather than the people who are just looking to get out from under an animal so they can make more.  If dog and cat owners, or other animals that aren’t far too cost prohibitive to alter, had neuter agreements in place where they decided whether what they sold needed neutered or was breeding quality and could reclaim any animals not neutered by an agreed upon age or that are bred outside the agreement then accidental litters could nearly be erased.  We could eliminate impulse buying, millbreeders, and accidents just by making it socially correct to find a responsible breeder.

It will never happen though because the organizations that concentrate on pet welfare think the solution to bad breeding is no breeding instead.  They will always stress adopting and making room for irresponsible breeders to keep dumping their extras rather than encouraging the responsible breeders.  They will keep making even the best breeders who really aren’t contributing to pet overpopulation in to villians.  Personally when it comes to pretty much everything but meat animals I am never getting an animal from anywhere except a responsible breeder with pedigreed or registered animals again.  Adoption and antibreeding propaganda is never going to solve the problems in the pet trade.

pet vs meat

You know what is highly annoying… The fact I can’t post about my rabbits anywhere online except maybe 2 locations.  As soon as someone finds out some of your rabbits get butchered everything hits the fan and the pet forums ban the discussion.  It’s not like my rabbits are raised any differently.  They are fed treats, given nicknames, even played with on the bed, and hauled around in coat hoods in the winter.  Many are sold for pets and show.  It wouldn’t matter though if I sold 99% and butchered that 1%.  Rabbits can’t be pets and meat.  Generally they shouldn’t be meat according to people.  If you compare it to other livestock people say those aren’t pets but the people raising bottle calves and goats would probably argue some with you.  They are cared for and handled like pets.  Chickens sit on that line too.  Some keep them as pets, some keep them for pets and eggs, some keep them just for eggs, some keep them for meat, and some keep them for all 3.  I have no problem seeing it as a pet right until the day it needs to serve another purpose.  They are both and all of the above.  There is no less level of care, work, or knowledge put in to them.  Even if I were vegetarian my dogs and cats are not.  They are obligate carnivores and while I could feed them kibble and canned made of mystery meat that would be far crueler to the animals used for pet food and I find it horrible that people have no problems remaining ignorant of the animals that died to keep others alive.  Why should it be acceptable to feed meat to anything when you protest the butchering of a well raised and cared for animal?  Why can my breeding and young animals not be pets?  How much more do I have to spoil them and enjoy them before they equal pets?