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Do you have an ethical issue with dog breeders?

Asked by KNOWITALL (22722points) February 14th, 2019

The pet industry earns more than $70 billion in the US, and $2.6 billion in China (just for comparison.)

With a decrease in the number of animals euthanized, some breeders feel that it’s back ‘in style’ to begin breeding again, due to the market demand.

Are you one of the people (like me) who feel like as long as dogs are still being put to death, it’s irresponsible to buy from a breeder (or to be a breeder, profiting off of animals)?

Or are you one of the people who thinks buying from a breeder is okay, as long as it’s a responsible breeder who takes care of the animals properly?

Where is your ethical boundary on this subject?

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To read more:
Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). The number of dogs and cats euthanized in U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 2.6 million in 2011. This decline can be partially explained by an increase in the percentage of animals adopted and an increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners.

https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics

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