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How the AKC Kills Shelter Dogs’ Chances at Life

Written by PETA | July 10, 2013

Every dog deserves a loving family, but the breeding and selling of purebred dogs promoted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) destroys the chances of equally deserving dogs at local animal shelters of being adopted because there are not enough good homes to go around. Breeding genetically related animals—whether to make money or to obtain a certain “look” or characteristic—also results in inbreeding that causes painful and life-threatening genetic defects in purebred dogs

At a time when there are millions of animals literally dying for homes, it is reckless, inhumane, and irresponsible to breed more of them. Yet the AKC opposes lifesaving sterilization legislation —even when it exempts breeders! Please help undo the damage caused by breeders’ propaganda by always adopting dogs (and cats) from shelters and being sure to have them spayed or neutered

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  • There are many pure breed dogs & cats in various shelters that need & deserve a chance at LOVE & A HOME. Don’t let these wonderful animals be KILLED for vanity.

  • Kyle says:

    I think this is the only time me and peta have shared a similar view on things. Ihave always said if your looking for a dog as a pet than get it from the pound. But if your getting a dog for a purpose like hunting or herding than go with a purebred. A mongrel from the pound will usually lack the natural taits needed to be a good working animal. It breaks my heart to see wonderful breeds of bird dogs like Irish setters and golden retrievers ruined by bad breeding for the pet trade. I fear that the visla and the german pointing breeds will follow suit. Worse of all is when people buy hunting dogs as pets and deny them the ability to hunt the one thing they truly live for. So if you need a pet go to the pound but for a working gun dog or cattle dog go to a breeder

  • Very unfortunate how shall we face God when we behave with animals so cruelly ?God had been kind enough to us by giving us voice and wisdome but we are forgetting that animals are also creation of God we should use our voice and wisdome for their wefare.

  • SUZANNE says:

    L’animal n’est pas une marchandise donc en supprimant le commerce des animaux : nous avons un début de solution !!!

  • Mia says:

    stop breeding animals please….

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