|Barked: Fri Feb 26, '10 2:20pm PST |
|1) Do you agree with puppy abortions?
I see it as no different than euthanasia. The issues coming into play with human abortion (I am pro-choice, btw) don't, for me, come into play for puppy abortions because puppies are euthanized frequently anyway.
That said, no, I do not support puppy abortion any more than I would support euthanizing entire litters of puppies because they may not be adopted. Frankly, I think they should be given a chance. The chance of survival for an aborted puppy is slim to none.
2) Do you think pregnant females who are abandoned (surrendered, strays,etc) should have their pups aborted?
Contingent on circumstances, again, no. I think that the value of the life of an unborn puppy whose mother was abandoned is no less than the value of the life of a puppy growing inside a bitch who won Westminster last year.
There is, of course, a far greater demand for the pups of the Westminster bitch. That's why I would recommend breeding HER, but altering the other bitch prior to breeding so that lives for which there may be no place in the world are never created. Once the lives are there, though, I think they deserve to be born and have a chance to live and be adopted. IF they end up getting euthanized, so be it. 4 million out of 60 million pets get euthanized every year for population control reasons. That's one out of every fifteen. If the dog has a litter of fifteen puppies, statistics show that one of them will be euthanized in a shelter. If you spay/abort them, all of them have been euthanized.
3) When are the circumstances when pups should AND should not be aborted
When there's a good chance the mother cannot have the puppies (Rottweiler X Chihuhua, anyone?) and survive; when the mother has a genetic disease that will likely be passed on to the puppies (von Wildebrands, for example); when the fetuses are known or suspected to be nonviable or deformed; when the mother has killed, refused, or canabalized a previous litter; when no resources exist or are available to raise the litter, no matter how much one might like to.
I've had a dog spay/aborted before. I think that the argument that it's okay to spay/abort but it's not okay to euthanize the puppies after birth is a weak one, because this mother knew she was going to have puppies and she pined for them. She raised stuffed animals instead.
Human mothers have a choice of whether or not to get an abortion. Dog mothers do not. I don't know that I think it's my place to take a bitch's litter after all she's invested in it- the energy to build the endometrium, breeding, developing them as far along as she has, the hormonal changes, et cetera.
However, to each his own.