|Barked: Sat Jan 5, '13 3:51pm PST |
|Standards have to increase. Responsible breeders need to put more pressure on the BYBs, working dog folk (hunting, sledding, etc.) need to put more pressure on their own. The Iditarod is coming under more scrutiny, due to some keeping and competing practices becoming more public. Fox hunting got banned in England, where tradition is everything and there is a royal affiliation. Didn't stop it from happening, though.
That's something I think gets ignored at one's peril, just in terms of down the line. Cultures change....it is part of the human march....and in my lifetime the value raising of dogs (meaning special family member) and wildlife issues alike have grown more than I certainly would have imagined.
Plenty of dogs, re the south, continue to suffer. Average dog lover on the street....that's what they think. Rescue? Don't get me started....that's what they know. I know if I were a breeder in the dog fancy, I'd be going against the status quo and pushing for breeder licensing and anti chronic containment laws....would rather do what I can to make life hard for the millers and protect my own hobby for the future at the same time. Hunters I think of much the same. I see a lot of behaviors/tolerances that may be ok for now, but given time, it's going to come back to haunt them. In the end, in terms of humane law of the future, you're either with them (those who do it wrong) or against them.
I think of the racehorse industry. The humane movement leaves them pretty much alone....give or take...because that industry can outpace the growing culture. They have that sense. Allowing your racehorses to end up on a slaughter truck, that is something the industry has addressed more and more in the last twenty years. In NY, it is to the point where lacking discretion in this regard can lose your owner's license. That's progress, part because people truly do care, but also part because they are protecting their industry as the climate changes. Same thing with race day medications on racehorses. They are starting to be phased out. A lot of people flipping out about that, but industry leaders know they need to change it, or they are only prone-ing themselves towards movements against them that can take that choice away, by people who care a lot less of the breeding and racing of horses than they do.
Edited by author Sat Jan 5, '13 4:03pm PST
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