Warning: Politically incorrect rant ahead. If someone being UnPC bothers you, you may not want to read further…
Ok, I warned you….
There is currently a discussion going on over on Knittyboard that I have very strong feelings about. I can’t really post them there, due to board rules (and I strongly support those rules), but as this is my blog, I can post my very unPC views on the matter.
The original thread started with the poster talking about being subjected to views of the euthanasia room at a kill shelter. She was horrified, and rightly so. This is not the part I have an issue with. The thread moved on to talk about adopting only from so-called “no kill” shelters, about how horrible pet shops were and puppy mills. While I agree that puppy mills are horrendous, the statement “all pet shops buy only from puppy mills and are horrible” I strongly disagree with.
Then they start with the “only adopt from no kill shelters”. Well, I disagree. These supposed shelters are a front for crazy people who have been given entirely too much control. They refuse to “adopt” (read sell) to people they don’t approve of. No kids, home inspections, and worse. And if you do something they don’t like, they get to come and steal the animal back. (yes, steal. That’s what it is called when someone comes into your home and takes something that you’ve purchased without your permission.)
Well, I firmly believe these crazy no kill shelter people are the reason we have so many puppy mills. People want pets, and if they can’t rescue them because of crazy people, they are going to go buy them from someone who will sell them to them. If a pet shop does buy from a puppy mill (and not all do, I’m sorry, but that is the truth), then there you go. A market. These crazy people at the supposed no-kill shelters have created the market that drives puppy mills. I hold them responsible.
I also hold the AKC and the inbreeding of dogs responsible. In the human species it would be called eugenics, but in the dog species, it’s called breeding. Breeding for certain traits (called the standard) is bad for the dog species. Just look at any “pure-breed” and you can see it. They have gene mutations that cause health problems and personality problems. Mutts are, on the whole, a healthier “breed”. Not these “one-off” mutts, usually the result of an accidental breeding of a pure-breed and the neighborhood Romeo, but an honest to goodness mutt. People can’t afford to buy from these breeders because of the outrageous sums they charge for a dog. So, once again, they go to pet shops and some pet shops buy from puppy mills and there you go.
In the human species, this racism and discrimination (you can only have one if you follow our conditions, no kids, no this, no that, must do this, must do that) would not be tolerated. If people are desperate for animals to have rights, then they also have to stop the racism and eugenics that’s taking place. If they don’t want to stop these things, then they need to stop treating animals like they are human and treat them as what they are, property. Property they are selling and making a profit from. If they aren’t making a profit, well, that’s due to poor management on their part. Just don’t feed me the crap about doing it as a rescue. They charge outrageous sums for animals that are not “pedigreed”. Some of these animals they find for free or are given, some they take from the pound.
It’s a dog, people. Stop imbuing it with human rights (it’s not human) and with human traits. When I own a dog, it’s my property. You don’t get to tell me that I can’t have kids or must have so much square footage in my back yard, or I have to be home this many hours. If you don’t want “your” dogs going to the wrong homes, then don’t sell them. But these damn contracts that you make people sign, and these damn rules you impose only do one thing. They make a market for puppy mills. That’s because people who want a dog don’t want to be told what to do by crazy people, they want to OWN a dog, not be OWNED by a crazed lunatic who has no concept of reality.
Ok, I warned you that I was going to rant.
I am an animal lover, by the way. I’ve worked with many different kinds of animals, not just dogs and cats. I treat my animals well. They get food, shelter (inside), love, attention and usually too many treats. They are good companions, (well, the cat is, the dog, not so much sometimes. The rats are great) and that’s the reason they were purchased. I did not buy a dog or a cat or rats to be my babies, they are my pets. I’m going to be brutally honest here. If my house were burning down and I had to choose between my children and my pets, my kids are going to come first. The scary part…I’ve actually met people who would choose the pets first.
Now, be warned. I will delete any of the crazies who leave comments. This is my blog, I get to decide what the content is and comments are part of that content. It’s fine if you disagree with me, but crazies can go sell their insanity elsewhere.