|Barked: Sat Nov 11, '06 9:16pm PST |
|Alvin you make a wonderful point. I do understand those who work in rescue and advise against breeding in any kind of an irresponsible way, but I do not see breeders as all bad as some seem to. I believe that we have to trust that at least some people are legitimately trying to breed and place the right way, and these people do provide a valid service for those who for differing reasons are not going to rescue.
In the northern part of our continent small and even medium dogs are very hard to find in rescue. Do we discourage people from breeding here? (And I am talking about responsible breeding with health testing etc.) I believe when we do that we are leaving the doors wide open for the bulk breeders to market their pups. The waiting list I was on for my Cavalier was over two years. The wait is similar for many of the small breeds here from a good breeder . . . if you can find one. Are many people willing to wait like this? I know they are not, and they are going to the bulk breeders and pet stores for their small dogs. I have been very happy to find out that small dogs are now being imported here by Furever After Rescue, but that still is not going to stop those who just won't rescue or who are turned down by rescue.
I do encourage rescue, and believe all of us need to continue to, but
if there are people who have the resources, knowledge and time to breed properly, and who are willing to vigilently screen and advise their customers we need to support them. Too often I see on these forums broad sweeping statements that chastise all breeders. We just had a thread that lumped "designer" breeders altogether. I can't do this.
It is irresponsible breeders, bulk breeders and puppymills that need to be shut down. For that we need the help of the authorities, and the kennel clubs.
Edited by author Sat Nov 11, '06 9:21pm PST
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