“Fight Breedism”: a PETA tee shirt that doesn’t mince words.

Via elephant journal
on Nov 18, 2009
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breedism peta tee shirt

Breedism: Buy One, Get One…Killed?

The tee shirt says it all. And it’s hard to argue with: a dog or cat bought from a puppy mill, pet store or a breeder equals a dog or cat not adopted at the Humane Society. And you know what happens to dogs and cats who aren’t adopted, right?

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7 Responses to ““Fight Breedism”: a PETA tee shirt that doesn’t mince words.”

  1. Amen on your last half sentence, but I perrrrrsonally…Ibeg to differ.

    Personal choice is great, but when it directly (one for one) impacts sentient lives, that's not super-mindful, I don't think. This is at the crux of the "conscious consumer" revolution or grassroots movement that's the foundation of the local, fair-trade and organic movements. Our dollars, our choices—even our personal choices—represent our most direct power to change the world for better, or worse.

  2. Erin B. says:

    Agreed, but it's just not that black and white.

    A lot of people avoid shelter pets for good reasons. The most prevelant reasons being allergies and "pet baggage." Even if a pet has been rehabilitated, the animal still carries emotional and behavioral baggage with it – sometimes at the expense of the owner. Pets from good, reputable breeders lack these problems right off the bat, unless the new owner encourages bad behavior and mistreats the animal once it's at home. And as far as allergies go: your chances of finding a hypoallergenic Labradoodle or Portuguese Water Dog at the pound are pretty slim.

    Bottom line: the t-shirt, like most of what PETA does, is obnoxious and unnecessary.

  3. Liz the Aunt says:

    My cats are rescue cats. They started out in horrible situations, but now they're both ridiculously happy. Me too!

  4. Valerie says:

    As an owner of two shelter dogs (both purebreds, by the way), I have to strongly disagree with your comments. While shelter dogs do typically have baggage, they are also fully aware that they have been rescued and their unconditional love is given ten fold to their new adoptive family. As far as allergies go, my local shelter currently has a minature schnauzer (a hypo-allergenic dog). People with allergies or specific breed requirements just have to be more patient.

    Lastly, to compare shelter dogs to children up for adoption is grossly incorrect. Shelter animals are killed after just a few weeks if they do not find a home and buying a pet from a breeder increases that risk to the shelter animals. Children in foster homes and orphanages are not killed if they do not find a home.

    PETA has to go to the extreme to make people think- to get the point across. Without the work that PETA and other animal rights organizations have done, millions more animals would have suffered and died at the hands of humans. Until people start to listen and understand, their extreme viewpoints and messages will continue to play out.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This entire argument should be focused on inadequate pet owners rather than those who buy from breeders. The investments associated with purchasing from a breeder, to me, signifies the owner to be a true lover of a specific type of dog–dogs that cannot be as readily found in a shelter. This "breedism", as you put it, is often precursory to a loving home and an owner who is cognizant of animal welfare in general. I am all for people adopting from shelters but don't think it is right to pigeonhole those whom have a love for a breed as dog-killers. Pet owners who do not realize what they are getting into when purchasing a pet should be of much more concern to us than elitist assholes that love dogs and buy from breeders. However, it is important for puppy mills to be avoided and thus a visit to the breeder is often necessary. Everyone just needs to be a bit more mindful before buying a pet or letting them run loose in the neighborhood.

  6. Amen. Just one note—there's many web sites devoted to adopting purebreds for those who want their cake and to eat it too—good place to start is http://www.petfinder.com

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