Breeding refers to the “activity of controlling the mating and production of offspring of animals”, which essentially translates to forcing or encouraging two pure breeds to mate and reproduce purely for profit.
Breeding is practised worldwide as a way of producing pure breeds, which are usually considered to be the strongest and most aesthetically valued animals.
However, negative connotations are usually associated with this term.
Especially because breeding is often linked with animal homelessness, as this practice decreases the chances of homeless dogs being adopted.
Every year millions of lost and unwanted dogs, cats, bunnies and several other pets end up in animal shelters across the the globe. This occurs simply because there are not enough homes for all the animals being produced and bred.
This overpopulation then turns into pets needing to be put down.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have accounted for 93.6 million pet cats in the US and with only 33% of households owning one cat, millions are forced to flee out onto the streets or be euthanised due to this alarming statistic.
HSUS further estimated that a maximum of 5% of cats are reclaimed by owners, juxtaposed to almost 30% of dogs.
This shows a large disparity in statistics and alerts people to the importance of adopting from an animal shelter.
Ultimately, profit over ethics is the main factor of why breeders exist.
And, although there are positives associated with their businesses existing, such as ensuring particular breeds do not die out, their existence ultimately means fewer stray, lost or shelter pets get adopted.
The Director of Sheltering Initiatives of the HSUS, Inga Fricke, said that adoption is the “easiest and best way to save a life”.
Shelters adopt a wide range of pets, from placid older breeds to energetic younger animals, that you can correlate and suit to your living conditions and individual preferences.
In addition to this you are saving a life, which is the most rewarding gift of all.
And although it might be completely acceptable to purchase from a responsible breeder, it is frowned upon.
It is only a minority group of breeders who operate illegally or subject their animals to harsh conditions.
However, there are simply too many dogs and cats in the world and not enough homes willing to adopt all of them.
If you are after a particular pure breed of dogs or cats, many rescue organisations can assist you with this. And you can speak with them in regards to what animal or breed might suit you and your family best.
This reduces the alarming high turnover rate of returned or exchanged animals.
Currently, animal shelters are only responsible for 20% of the animal’s people take home and purchase, which does not coincide well with the supply and demand issue at hand.
It is ultimately our responsibility to give each and every animal a loving and caring home.
The issue of supply and demand is prevalent in the society we live in, and because we are creating this problem, we shouldn’t subject these innocent animals to euthanasia which has been our solution to this overpopulation.
If euthanasia seems like the only option, then breeders should be subjected to more restrictive rules and conditions, so that there are fewer of them.
Regular checks to ensure that they are operating ethically and legally should also be implemented.
Overall, there are quality breeders out there who shouldn’t be subjected to the negative connotations created because of the minority of illegal breeders operating.
Good breeders give proper health screenings and would rather choose a warm, welcoming happy environment for their animals as opposed to making some quick money.
But regardless of how many ethical breeders are operating, there are still too many animals and not enough homes.
The Detroit Pit Crew are a great example of a rescue organisation, that is dedicated to saving dogs from the streets and horrific circumstances.
Most business and calls come from Detroit locals or law enforcement officials who are concerned about sick, injured or pregnant street dogs.
And in just three years, the organisation and team of dedicated staff were able to save over 1,000 dogs, which is amazing!
You can read more about it here.
If you look at their page and the work they do it will provide you with a more realistic image of just how severe the over population problem within the pet world really is.
As opposed to breeding more pure breed dogs and cats, we should be focusing on advertising and marketing pet shelters.
Pets shouldn’t be euthanised nor forced to live out on the streets because we cannot adequately care for them or give them a loving home.
This man made issue should not negatively affect dogs and cats from around the world, so we need to solve the supply and demand issue at hand.
And solve it fast.