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    DefaultVeterinarian speaks out on PETA and Westminster

    A bit of history: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unle...o-usa-net.html
    http://blog.peta.org/archives/usa_letter.pdf


    "Adorable mixed breeds" get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart
    disease, and orthopedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every
    day in my veterinary practice but mixed breed dogs aren't tracked like
    the purebreds so they have a reputation as "healthier" that is actually
    undeserved in many cases."

    It is so sad that a lot of folks, including young veterinarians these
    days, buy into the "hybrid vigor" baloney. The vet schools have been
    infiltrated by the Animal Rights Extremists, who are teaching them this
    junk science in order to push their agenda.

    All animals have a certain amount of genetic load, which is to say
    there is absolutely no animal without some genetic problem of some sort
    of another. Know anyone who wears glasses? Has allergies? Thyroid
    problems? Weak knees? Flat feet? A skin condition? Arthritis? A gap
    between their front teeth? These are all genetic imperfections.

    No human is genetically "clean." Neither is any individual of any
    species on earth. So this idea that dogs should not be bred because
    they might have a genetic problem, and that breeders are somehow "evil"
    for breeding them, is ridiculous. Every single individual of every
    single species has at least a few genetic conditions.

    To use PeTA's logic, all breeding of all kinds (including having human
    babies) should halt immediately. And to be honest, Ingrid Newkirk (the
    woman who founded PeTA) does believe exactly that. She thinks that
    humans should become extinct, along with dogs, cats, etc. This
    ridiculous scenario is precisely what she would like to see happen.

    So folks, if that is what you want...if you agree with Ingrid
    Newkirk's whacky views, send your hard earned money to PeTA. They will
    help to ensure you are not able to own a dog or cat or hamster or any
    other pet in the future. They will see to it that you can't eat meat or
    fish or eggs or any type of animal-based nutrition. They will work to
    shut down places like Sea World, the zoos, etc. so you cannot observe
    the many wonderful animals on the Earth. Eventually, once they
    accomplish these things, they may turn their efforts to making it
    illegal for humans to procreate.

    If you don't agree with their extremist views, wise up and start
    supporting those who truly do love, care for and enjoy interaction with
    other species here on our little blue planet.

    The fanciers of the breeds, those you see exhibiting their dogs at
    Westminster and other dog shows, work very hard to eliminate serious
    genetic conditions. They screen their breeding stock with every
    available test. They research pedigrees before breeding into other
    lines, to check for similar clearances in those animals. They
    contribute money to research organizations to further the work being
    done to track down genetic problems. They contribute blood, cell
    samples, etc. from their own animals to help with DNA and genome
    studies. They have made great progress so far, and they continue to
    work hard at it.

    Are there unethical breeders? Certainly, there are. Just as in any
    group of humans, you will find the good and the bad. United States VP
    Elect Joe Biden, for example, managed to find a not so good one when he
    got his new German Shepherd puppy. I don't know who did his research
    for him, but they obviously didn't do their homework if they were
    looking for a responsible breeder. Joe has the right to get his dog
    from whomever he wishes, but if he was trying to set an example of
    purchasing from a responsible hobby breeder he went off the track this
    time. That's too bad, but it was his choice.

    Unfortunately, breeders like that may be a lot easier to find because
    of their high volume and high profile. If you are looking for a nice
    family pet from a breeder who will be there for you forever, you need
    to do due diligence. You won't get that from a pet store. You won't get
    that from the guy selling dogs out of his pickup truck in the WalMart
    parking lot. You won't get that support from a high-volume breeder,
    either. Yes, it takes a little more time and effort to find someone who
    really cares and does all the work to breed the healthiest, happiest
    puppies possible and then stands behind those puppies.

    This is a living being that will be part of your family, hopefully,
    for many years. Isn't it worth a bit of effort to find a breeder who
    will be there for you and that puppy forever?

    And guess what? Shows like Westminster are a very valuable resource
    for finding breeders who do care and who use the best possible
    practices, as well as for learning more about the various breeds.

    Bravo to USA Network for broadcasting the Westminster Kennel Club show
    all these years. May they enjoy continued success through the ongoing
    inclusion of such programs. I will be eagerly watching this year's
    show!"

    Author: Libbye Miller DVM



    Laura





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    DefaultRe: Veterinarian speaks out on PETA and Westminster

    Thanks Laura, I'm so glad that we have so few PETA folks out here in Newbrassky.

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    DefaultRe: Veterinarian speaks out on PETA and Westminster

    Thanks for sharing that, good read!

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    DefaultRe: Veterinarian speaks out on PETA and Westminster

    BRAVO! It's about time someone told people what PeTA is really all about!
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    Thanks for sharing that Laura!!!!!!!! Definitely a good read!!

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    DefaultRe: Veterinarian speaks out on PETA and Westminster

    It's on my FB page too



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    DefaultRe: Veterinarian speaks out on PETA and Westminster

    Thank heavens there are vets out there who are sensible and seek the truth about PETA.

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    DefaultRe: Veterinarian speaks out on PETA and Westminster

    Quote Originally Posted by AmazonGold
    BRAVO! It's about time someone told people what PeTA is really all about!
    Exactly what I thought, too!

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    DefaultRe: Veterinarian speaks out on PETA and Westminster

    *thud to floor*

    The animals wouldn't make this much fuss over humans, would they. 8)

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    DefaultRe: Veterinarian speaks out on PETA and Westminster

    Wow, thanks for sharing. I can't believe that they would want human gone as well. Oh well, some people opinions are just to crazy for me.

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