Let’s pretend that it might be true– less animals killed nationally? If true, there is no need to stop sales of pets from SOURCES other than “rescued” animals……..
Hmmmm…and then how was this proven exactly— when there are no KNOWN numbers, or locations of every pet or shelter facility in the USA? That no one actually KNOWS how many animal shelters there are in the USA?
According to NAIA: http://shelterproject.naiaonline.org/purebred/
…[t]he bottom line is that US animal shelters operate with so little oversight, it is very difficult for people outside the sheltering community to understand much about them.
The agency conferring animal welfare status on animal shelters is the IRS, an agency that determines the tax status of businesses, not an agency associated with animal welfare oversight.
Moreover, there are no national agencies that oversee animal shelters, municipal or private, and there are no national laws requiring shelters to report information about the activities they conduct or the animals they take in, place with the public, or transfer to other shelters, rescues or foster homes. This lack of oversight assures that animal shelters can operate with a level of autonomy not enjoyed by many other American businesses or institutions.
The historic role of animal shelters has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades as dog overpopulation has been eliminated in some parts of the country. With reduced pressure to hold and place a shrinking number of local dogs, many shelters, primarily ones in the Northern US, have taken on new roles. A significant number of humane societies and SPCA’s have dealt with the decline in local dogs by importing dogs from outside their region, a practice they call humane relocation(3), which gives them a steady inventory of dogs for the public.
Many have worked to acquire or expand their police powers, a testimony perhaps to the popularity of television shows like Animal Planet’s Animal Cops. Some have added or increased their legislative activity, an activity that keeps the shelter and its mission in the public eye, a necessity for organizations that depend on donations from the public. Private shelters in many cities have developed a greater media presence than all other pet related groups combined: veterinarians, kennel clubs, pet stores, dog trainers and private breeders – a situation assuring that their point of view exerts the greatest influence on public opinion. //
We have “Best Friends” in Utah, claiming that adoption should be done, and NOT TO BUY A PUPPY OR A DOG……WHY??? Best Friends makes these claims: Buying may cost $500-$1k or more, but adopting can be $50-$200; You allegedly get a better dog by buying a mutt (hybrid vigor)… that a pet purchased from “a pet store” is a “complete unknown” but that if you got it from a “rescue”, then “you know what you are getting because the group has a history on the animal.” OMG we are shrieking at that last piece of bull!!!
EXACTLY why/how any rescue will actually ” KNOW” the history on any animal— is pure baloney. That brings up the question as to where the rescues are obtaining these dogs in the first place. Just because a rescue HAS dogs or puppies to SELL (but they call it “adoption”) SO—–let’s be serious here.
Rescues only have so many places to obtain animals in the first place. (1) People want to give the animal up (2) People sell the animal (3) Auctions are held to replace kennel breeder dogs–the dogs are NOT free (4) Shelters may allow rescues to buy animals, sometimes at a discount, but not always (5) Dogs are obtained from other countries, such as Mexico, Japan, etc. It is a known fact that some dogs brought into the USA by rescue groups have had RABIES.
Further– no rescue is likely going to be able to tell you anything about the breeding of the dog, the parents of the dog, the temperament of the parents, or the health– in reality.
Below–are NOT “rescue” dogs!!!!!
Basically— it’s a crapshoot. You get what you get. As is already well known— up to 50/60% of animals from shelters are actually recycled back into the shelters due to behavioral issues or health problems. Whatever the reason, such animals will likely be put down after they are returned several times. The Pet Smart Charities research made that conclusion.
…and Merritt Clifton makes this point below: http://www.animals24-7.org/2015/11/17/why-we-cannot-adopt-our-way-out-of-shelter-killing/
Breeder market share nearly doubled
// —->Richard Nasser found 26% of dogs coming from breeders in 1981. More than two decades of adoption promotion later, the APPA found 29% of dogs coming from breeders in 2002. After another decade of escalated adoption promotion, the American Veterinary Medical Association found in 2012 that although 47% of people who have dogs claim that a shelter or rescue would be their first choice for getting another dog, 54% of the dogs actually in homes came from breeders, either directly or through pet stores.
—->>What this suggests is that even though claiming to want to adopt a dog has become fashionable, consumer behavior has tilted farther toward acquiring purpose-bred dogs than ever before. This should be no surprise. Again, every dog must be born somewhere, and if there are few accidental births, most dogs will be born to breeders. Dogs will come to shelters primarily after failing in homes. Unless adopted dogs fail in multiple homes, the numbers of dogs rehomed from shelters will always significantly trail acquisition from breeders. //
Pet Defense// —> WE are all told now, in California— (a new pending law for 2017 in the legislature) — that all pet stores or retail sales, implying storefront or possibly swap meets?…… should only be ALLOWED TO SELL RESCUED ANIMALS. We believe the American public has the right to shop for a pet, and should not be limited to only rescued animals. That is simply the animal rights people’s opinion–that no animal should be bred, no animals should be sold for “profit”?????? Do we really believe that no business involving animals should make a PROFIT??? Example: HSUS makes millions—– they are a non profit—they don’t pay taxes— and they tell people not to buy animals, not to breed animals, and that people should go vegan? That is a lifestyle choice, not a mandate.
Would it be right if a law was passed so that people MUST adopt kids from the foster care system?? Think about it. The entire process of “rescued animals” and animal welfare law in California, is BASED upon the California welfare and institutions code. Go and look up the codes….the codes apply to C H I L D R E N…..not animals. Animals are in fact, being treated as pseudo-children by animal rights proponents. And we are sick and tired of it.
John C. New Jr. , M. D. Salman , Mike King , Janet. M. Scarlett … Pet-. Owning Households, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 3:3, 179-201, DOI: … relinquished to shelters and their relinquishers and (b) animals and owners from a … fidence limits to compare the characteristics of animals, selected behaviors of ani-.
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