Breeders Try to Save Their Own Skins

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Bulldog

After years of breeding dogs that end up sick and short-lived (as was brought to light in a special BBC documentary), U.K. breeders are scrambling to change the very breeding standards that they touted a minute ago.

Following the BBC’s decision to drop Crufts, the UK equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show, The Kennel Club in the UK has announced new breeding standards for 209 different breeds in an attempt to make the dogs healthier. For example, bulldogs will now be taller, leaner, and have smaller faces. But guess what? I think that I have a much more obvious solution:

Stop breeding dogs!

Mutts are usually far healthier than “purebreds,” and millions of these angels are being euthanized every year because so many people search for the “perfect” bred dog. Breedism is sicker than the dogs it creates, and it is directly responsible for robbing shelter dogs of their chances to find happy homes!

The kennel clubs need to stop trying to sweep their abysmal code under the rug and drop the whole concept of breeding standards. Just pack ’em up and move ’em out already. The man who said, “[A] lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me,” is being sworn in on January 20, and everyone needs to swear by mutts from now on.

Written by Christine Doré

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