Article paints a picture of reality for bad breeding practices

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We’re seeing a positive trend in the spreading of information about breeding practices and how they are impacting the health and welfare of dogs.

The latest entry is from Sara Boboltz of the Huffington Post. It is well worth the read. She goes into everything from line breeding inbreeding to the horrible breeding that has deformed the English Bulldog, leading to the risk of breathing problems.

And Boboltz these dogs can’t swim and the puppies have to be delivered by delivered by cesarian section.

Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA Animal Hospital, is quoted as saying the dog breeds we see today are “human constructs,” meaning they are on the unnatural side. I’ve called it forced evolution.

Check out the article and the comment section.

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15 thoughts on “Article paints a picture of reality for bad breeding practices

  1. “Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA Animal Hospital, is quoted as saying the dog breeds we see today are ‘human constructs,’ meaning they are on the unnatural side. I’ve called it forced evolution.”

    That term might be a little unfair to evolution. What Darwin and Wallace realized was that just as human breeders of plants and animals select for traits they deem beneficial, the same thing happens naturally — “natural selection” — except that it leads to traits that benefit the animals themselves (at least in terms of their reproductive success).

    There’s nothing wrong with selective breeding as such — most of us would rather eat a Cavendish banana than a wild one — provided it doesn’t lead to cruelty. The problem with AKC breed standards, for example, is that they largely ignore the health and happiness of the dogs. The tragic result: horrors such as those you reference here.

  2. First off you are aware that Sara Boboltz is also emplyed as a writer for PETA, who KILLS 93% of the animals they take into their “shelter” . They have also been caught on video surveillance cameras stealing dogs off of people’s property and killing them.

  3. You also need to be made aware that the National Breed Clubs and AKC supports the research in health issues in breeds. This research helps not just purposeful bred dogs, it help the mutts in shelter who are there because of irresponsible OWNERS, not because of breeders and HUMANS as well.
    Breed Specific Health Concerns via the AKC

    I offered you a sources of learning this was explained in another one of your poorly researched blog pages . MUTTS get Hip dysplasia and other anomalies happens in MUTTS just as often as in purposeful bred dogs, but we are more aware of these than the average MUTT owner.

    Another article for you to learn from: Why I’d never adopt a shelter dog again

  4. Jerrie,

    I’ve provided you with a lot of information here concerning breeding practices employed by substandard breeders.
    You seem unable to separate the good from the bad. And you seem to not understand that animal lovers want to shut down the puppy mills.

    You seem to think that speaking out against horrible breeding practices is an attack on those who engage in quality breeding practices. That position is completely illogical. You are grouping bad breeders in with the good. Why are you doing that?? I’m sure really good breeders would be offended.

    As far as the AKC is concerned, if it really wanted to stop bad breeding practices, it would not work so hard to block protections for the dogs.
    Every time a anti-puppy mill bill is introduced, the AKC is at the forefront of blocking the bill. That tells us all we need to know about the AKC.

    In North Carolina, the 2014 bill was watered down at best. Nothing in the bill would come close to negatively impacting good breeders. But the AKC was there to help block the bill.

    So your links to efforts concerning breeding studies – some backed by the very organization that is working to keep horrible breeding practices in place – adds nothing to the discussion.

    And the key evidence against the AKC and others who fight against breeding regulations is their opposition to an inspection system. That screams out – “We’ve got a lot to hide behind those closed doors that we don’t want the public to see.”

    Try actually reading the article linked above and other information concerning the deformities and cancers that are being bred into dogs.
    The studies you linked to would not be so urgently needed if not for the very breeding practices I am speaking out against.

    Again, mixing logic with compassion is a powerful tool for good. I urge you to seek out information and look beyond the propaganda.

  5. Jerrie,

    Thank your for linking to the Washington Post editorial. I will be blogging about it soon, as it is extremely misguided.
    Just ask the folks who buy from substandard breeders who face cancers, deformities and death on a regular basis.

    And many of the rescues we take in came originally from breeders.
    That editorial will turn some uneducated people away from rescuing dogs. It is EXTREMELY irresponsible.

    The fact that the writer is so misguided on the topic of animal welfare only proves my point.

  6. I see you’ve drawn four propaganda-filled comments in a row from one AKC apologist. Trying to muddy the waters with irrelevant attacks on PETA doesn’t change the simple fact that some AKC breed standards directly lead to genetic defects and others indirectly encourage them. If the AKC is really are starting to clean up its act it’s about time.

    But what’s really objectionable are the attacks on the very idea of adopting from shelters as opposed to buying from breeders. That’s just beneath contempt.

  7. You are not separating to responsible breeders, you are painting them all with the same brush. THAT is the difference and why I have continually tred to educate you of the difference.

  8. Jerrie,

    You are simply unable to comprehend extremely simple concepts.
    Of course, I have consistently noted there are good breeders and bad breeders.

  9. Show me just ONE comment besides those above that you have not lumped all breeders together! Even the biased article about the dogs being shown at Westminster does not reflect this. Those dogs from substandard commercial and backyard breeders have NEVER been shown at Westminster. I do know of dogs that almost ended up at a shelter or in a rescue that have been shown, but that is because a responsible breeder stepped in and saved the dog from this fate.

  10. What we have here, folks, is a troll. Anyone who follows this blog is well aware of the consistent distinction being made between good and bad breeders. In fact, in just about every post on laws against puppy mills Tom takes pains to point out that the requirements in those laws won’t affect legitimate breeders because they follow the required practices already.

    Anyone wanting a puppy from a breeder should visit the breeder and see the breeder’s operation, which good breeders actually encourage. And buy directly from the breeder, not from a pet store or over the Internet. Otherwise contact a breed rescue organization or a local shelter or adoption event.

  11. Not a troll at all, simply pointing out that you do not have any type of balance or science (expect the small bit you pick and choose to post). I am very much animal WELFARE, not animal rights. What you keep parroting is nothing but Animal Rights propaganda and never mention the other side of the story.

    How about going after the USDA who has been the ones who were supposed to be inspecting the commercial breeders since our government invented them as means of making money for returning Veterans from World War II. The terrible commercial breeders are the USDA’s responsibility! They are the ones who issue the licenses and do the inspections. It is not the job of the AKC, but they have started investigating when they get complaints. Attack PETA & the HSUS for filming and not reporting the ones they have found. Stop supporting they very peole who have allowed substandard conditions to exist.

  12. Jerrie,

    Once again, you are having serious reading-comprehension problems. You claim other than in the one instance above, I’m lumping all breeders together.

    Again, here I am working to shut down horrible things like puppy mills, greyhound racing, dog fighting and poaching – and you keep challenging my attempts to shut down these horrors.
    I’ll take my position over yours every day. I really don’t see how you can be opposed to compassion.

    And so now I will prove you wrong – AGAIN. But with your reading issues, you won’t really understand the statement below.
    I really am trying to help you. If you are opposed to my efforts to shut down puppy mills, greyhound racing and other entities that abuse animals, are on the wrong side.

    Try these two inks from just recent posts:

    ** January 29:

    “” I will keep saying it over and over again. Quality breeders already meet or exceed the guidelines in current or proposed breeding regulations all across the nation.””


    *** January 2 –

    “” We need far better regulations on breeders, so that only the quality breeders are operating. Who wants a bunch of substandard breeders – not only harming dogs but giving good breeders a bad name?
    Who could support a system like that. which is what we have now?


    Clearly, there are good and bad breeders. We all know that. I have no problems with the breeders are researching and working with concern for quality breeding. These breeders are not the problem.””

  13. I’m delighted to see Jerrie finally admit that there are plenty of bad breeders out there and that enforcement needs to be strengthened. It’s just downright weird, though, to see Jerrie blame the puppy mill problem on a supposed lack of complaints from PETA and the Humane Society (!!) while trying to defend the AKC, which consistently opposes reasonable regulations.

    As for AKC’s supposed inspections, see Tom’s post today about the Mississippi breeder whose kennel easily passed an AKC inspection just days before the owner’s arrest on charges of animal cruelty, to which the owner pled guilty. Incidentally, the Humane Society’s page on this incident (link) speaks favorably of “better sources of dogs, such as animal shelters and rescue groups and responsible breeders.”

    If you’re a responsible breeder, the AKC isn’t your friend. And that’s beside the fact that some AKC breed standards are actively harmful to dogs’ health.

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