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Victory! Shelter Dogs Beat Out Breeders

Written by PETA | March 13, 2012

When Kansas Representative Ed Trimmer sponsored House Bill 2513, proposing that the cairn terrier, best known because a dog of that breed played Toto in The Wizard of Oz, be named the state’s official dog, he said that he expected to be “barked at.” But the growl that PETA let out in a letter to Trimmer would have sent chills up the spine of even the Wicked Witch of the West. The House landed on the bill Monday, squashing the proposal, which PETA pointed out would only encourage well-meaning guardians to purchase dogs from breeders and pet stores supplied by puppy mills. The move opened up a kind of “Yellow Brick Road” for shelter dogs in the state.

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To a shelter dog, there really is “no place like home.” Every time a breeder brings another animal into the world, an animal sitting in an animal shelter loses his or her opportunity to find a loving home. An estimated 6 to 8 million animals are taken to U.S. animal shelters each year—of which, about 25 percent are purebred. No matter what kind of animal companion you’re looking for, have a heart like the Tin Man—always adopt and never buy!

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  • Phil says:

    I agree that people should not buy dogs from pet shops, but “always adopt from a shelter or rescue” can be very bad advice for first-time dog owners. Lots of shelter dogs end up back in the shelter because novice owners couldn’t deal with behavioral problems caused (mostly) by lack of proper socialization. I’m not saying this happens all the time, but it does happen. Let’s educate people about spay/neutering and maybe eliminate the need for shelters, instead of vilifying people who buy from reputable breeders.

  • Lynn says:

    I’m sure Toto would say: “always adopt from a shelter or rescue organization; never buy a pet that comes from a breeder or pet shop.” Millions of animals could probably have better lives if every college student read (The Wizard of Oz inspired) book Web of Debt, The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free, by Ellen Brown. The book goes into the deep history behind the film, The Wizard of Oz. (Please discuss progress on the development of synthetic meat in the Netherlands. Thom Hartmann interviewed a scientist working on this yesterday. This could end 99% of the slaughter industry- ruining Kansas, etc.)