Letters to the Editor

Plenty of pets

December 19, 2007


To the editor:

In response to the "Best breeders" letter (Public Forum, Dec. 17), why breed at all? There are thousands of unwanted pets in shelters across the country. According to the Humane Society of the United States, 8 million animals enter U.S. shelters each year, and less than half are adopted. Most agree as a culture that any kind of eugenics is unethical. This applies to nonhuman animals as well.

The "Best breeders" the author refers to are only contributing to the problem. We're never going to run out of cats and dogs. We don't need breeders who only exploit a growing problem. The solution: Stop breeding. Stop buying animals from breeders.

Chris Taylor,



jonas 6 years, 4 months ago

"Most agree as a culture that any kind of eugenics is unethical. This applies to nonhuman animals as well."

No, Chris, it clearly really doesn't.


ilikestuff 6 years, 4 months ago


Improvements with factual accuracy as indicated by our peers will come. I appreciate your passion and the courage it took to write a LTE. Perhaps, you will become a very successful advocate for the ethical treatment of animals and people.

Thank you.


kerplunkr 6 years, 4 months ago


There are a lot of people out there who don't need to be involved in breeding animals. They're either too ignorant or just cruel. However, your solution to animal overpopulation is laughable. As imastinker points out, breeding is not the problem, it's people. Grab a book and find out what a real, ethical breeder does. You need to be denouncing puppy mills and backyard breeders. They are the ones damaging the integrity of certain breeds and causing the overpopulation.


mom_of_three 6 years, 4 months ago

I am sure the National Kennel club would enjoy this letter, as would people who have raised the same breed for years.


imastinker 6 years, 4 months ago

Breeding is not the problem - as long as people buy from breeders there will be people breeding dogs.


easy_mark 6 years, 4 months ago

I frequent the LHS often, and as someone who was in animal businesses for most of my adult life, & while this will annoy those firm supporters of adoption: I don't consider the majority of dogs I have seen out there "adoptable" More often than not, it's a case of someone else's nightmare, now a few years into adulthood, & the owner's could not put up with it anymore. Yes, had the dogs been bred in a "great" environment of good stock, & first owned by someone who had the skills to successfully own & train the dog, the dogs might have had a happier life. And if relinquished in that condition, might make a good adoption. I feel they retain too many potential harm-doers here in Lawrence. If it lunges at someone while in the cage, & is of known breed that is bought & kept for it's violent qualities, do these need to be "happy talked" by employees, hoping to find homes for all dogs no matter who will be in danger later? This isn't an email supporting puppy mills, but there are reasons for having good breeders in business..happy, HEALTHY, puppies that rarely end up coming to the HS. And it's fun to watch the dog shows, and know that your dog's relatives are winning in the ring.To be able to say, "Hey, that dog has the same (relative of choice) as ours!" I'm glad they try out at the HS, but they go too far sometimes. And hey, they never did buy and place that memory brick for our loved one,that we paid $50.for years ago!


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