Why We’re Going After Bad Dog Breeders, Not Pet Stores

 

We all know that the worst dog breeders neglect and mistreat dogs. They don’t care. We would like to see them get out of dog breeding.

Some think the best way to get rid of bad breeders is stop the sale of puppies in pet stores because some pet stores buy puppies from puppy mills.

If every pet store in American stopped selling dogs, would these bad breeders disappear? I think they would keep right on going.

Bad breeders can keep going because, in many cities and states, the law does not have clear standards about how breeders must treat their dogs. And they can keep going because there are so many other places to sell dogs, newspaper ads, breeder websites, and online advertisements, online ads, and of course Craig’s list (with a small “rehoming fee”). And lots of buyers for the dogs.

Good breeders have nothing to fear.

Dogs are defenseless, loyal, loving. They need us to stand up and to demand better regulation of dog breeding.

There are many ways to try to protect dogs, but I believe the best place to start is with the breeders, not the pet stores. Yes, we can educate people on where to or not to buy a dog, but that task is immense (I hope others will work on that goal), and let’s face it, people want a dog, they are going to find one, and buy it. Somewhere. How many are willing to meet and hold a puppy, then say no because of where the puppy came from?

Our strategy is to work on the issues on the supply side of the problem, not the sale/demand/commerce side.

Our organization believes that dog breeders, with very few exceptions, should be registered. They should have to follow rules requiring them to treat their dogs humanely. The regulation process starts with registration. Personally, I believe that all for-profit breeders should be registered. Our board will decide how to best accomplish that.

Dogs should be treated with kindness, humanely, and bred using only medically sound practices. It’s really that simple.

I am a businessperson and a dog lover. In my career, I have been part of efforts to bring sensible regulation to several industries. I was in the auto salvage industry when environmental regulations came in the 1970s and 1980s. Some operators resisted and protested that new laws would put them out of business. Somehow most survived and managed to thrive in an industry that was better. I was one of the recyclers that thought regulation would be good, and would help identify the best recyclers and eliminate the shady operators.

The time for registration and sensible regulation of dog breeding has come. More than 500 people have registered in the last two weeks, many of whom are ready to serve: Ex CEOs, CFOs, entrepreneurs, breeders, vets, rescue volunteers, and dog lovers.

We understand that your passion may be shutting down pet stores, and we hope you will find a place that you can add value and work toward achieving your goal. We are doing more than posting on Facebook. We are moving ahead to make real changes in the status quo.

Your help will make a difference.  Visit ReformCanineBreedingandAuctions.com. Register for no- obligation updates, and send in a volunteer-and-serve form.

This article written by Ron Sturgeon

 

Comments(3)

  1. CHERYL says

    AS AN ANIMAL RESCUER I FEEL THAT IF PET STORES PAID THE RESCUE FEE TO THE SHELTERS TO SAVE THESE ANIMALS AND WENT THROUGH THE SAME RESCUE REQUIREMENTS AS OUR OTHER RESCUERS DO OR HELD ADOPTIONS OUT OF THEIR STORE FOR THE SHELTERS AND RESCUES LIKE SOME MAJOR CHAINS ARE DOING HERE LIKE PET SMART ETC… I THINK IT IS A GREAT IDEA IN THEORY I HAVE NEVER BEEN ONE TO BE MAD AT PET STORES MYSELF – JUST BAD PRACTICES AND BAD BREEDERS. (SORRY FOR CAPS NOT SHOUTING…) PROPER REGULATIONS ARE VERY MUCH NEEDED TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT ANIMALS.

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