PETA Campaigns Against Dog And Cat Breeders

PETA sign

This billboard in New York is part of PETA’s campaign against cat and dog breeders.

Over the next few months, PETA will be posting up billboards and putting out the message that people should not buy animals from breeders or pet stores. They want to emphasize to the public that millions of animals are dying in shelters, and when a person buys a pet from a breeder or store, that means one less home for a shelter animal.

PETA says the real villains are the animal breeders. They state that breeders are contributing to the animal population epidemic in the country and are also making a profit off of it.

In response to PETA’s campaign against them, some breeders have fought back and said that responsible breeders are not the cause of animal overpopulation problems. They also said that many breeders help breed rescues and animal shelters.

Breeders have stated that PETA’s campaign does not reflect the difference between responsible breeders and backyard breeders and puppy mills. They said this is a complex issue, and PETA’s response to it is extremely black and white.

Some also said that many of the animal overpopulation problems result from people not spaying or neutering and allowing unwanted litters to be produced and irresponsible pet ownership.

Instead of PETA trying to campaign against breeders, they said animal groups and organizations should work together to help animals in shelters.

Source: PETA

(Thanks Jodi)

108 Responses to “PETA Campaigns Against Dog And Cat Breeders”

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  1. catherine says:

    hello i love what you s are doing. im trying to start a campaign myself called, ‘bowsers campaign’ in northern ireland and think its a disgrace the number of homeless dogs in our country. my main aim is to get a law brought about, to control or get certain regulations on dog breeding.
    would like to here some ideas or information that could help my campaign.

  2. Holly says:

    I love it! Keep up the good work.

  3. cindielou says:

    We need to pass a law to do away with PETA!! they do more harm to animals and spend money on things and ideas some idiot puts in their head. Like few others said reputable breeders are in a different class then puppy mills. Just think of how much they could help animals if they did things the right way instead of trying to make animals exstint just to make their job easier and cheep! They arent animal people they hate animals! Why not pass a law to put a 5-10 dollar fee on every puppy born or sold and pay it to a company who is looking out for animals who have to be put down. that money could go to help animals find a home or pay for what ever needed. Fees are no fun to pay i know this but taking away rights of americans to own there well beloved animals is ignorant, selfish, and wrong! PETA needs to spend their money helping people to be responsible pet owners and breeders not trying to take american rights away just so their job is gravy! INNOCENT TILL PROVEN GUILTY? Or are we all guilty just so they dont have to do the right thing and put their money in the right place! Over population will always be aproblem! No matter what laws they pass people will breed dogs and without papers! irresponsiblity of doing drugs ( people do it even though its illegal) people will breed dogs too!! PETA put you money in a good place (behind public knowledge to people on how to be responsible animal owners, and dont put your money behind the people the irresponible people who cause the over population problem! Not everyone is in the same catagory!
    RED is RED BLUE IS BLUE WHITE is WHITE and thats our country! FREE keep it that way

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  6. K Taylor says:

    Here it is Peta says they love animals but as we know even members of their so called loving group have burned cats and put them through such un-barable pain all to show the public what some people do to animals.
    Now my statement might seem abit black and white to Peta people and putting all of you in one catagory.

    But that is what you are doing when you state that we must stop breeders from breeding dogs.
    If you have registered breeders that test their dogs and have contracts and take back their puppies if their families cannot keep them any longer and put the care of their dogs and puppies first and I suppose my last statement someone will say if you loved your dogs you would not breed them, well if good breeders did not breed you would not even have a dog.
    Alot of breeders do rescue dogs and puppies but it is very sad when people can make assumptions about breeders and say we do not love care dogs, nor our puppies and money is all that matters.
    It cost alot of money to care properly for the mother and father and a litter of puppies.
    The pictures of watching your puppies grow to have meet-ups with your puppies and their new familes to watch them grow to know you sent them to the right home and to be there for them forever as you are the one that allowed them to come into this world it the resposibility of a good breeder and most breeders are just that.

    What Peta needs to do is stop pet stores from selling pets and to find the so-called breeders selling puppies without shots and any love or care or socialization.
    Stop ignorant people from breeding puppies, pass laws where only registered breeders can breed dogs.
    Stop all of you designer breeders from breeding and selling them for outrageous amounts of money.
    Do what is right for all animals and support breeders that do care and love their dogs and puppies…

  7. Jazi says:

    There’s a significant difference between a responsible breeder, a backyard breeder/puppy mill, and a shelter dog. Contrary to what most people think, the majority of dogs in a shelter are not purebred. There are some, but not many. And most of the purebreds are either very old, have a severe medical condition, or were improperly trained. Someone who pays $1,000 for a dog is going to have a pretty good reason to give it up. I’ve seen dogs that were 2 to 3 years old and still hadn’t recieved proper housebreaking, 14 year olds with skin conditions so bad they had very little fur left, even old puppy-mill and animal-hoarder rescues.

    For instance, I’m sure at least a few people have heard of that Chow Chow rescue, Pendragon or Pendragwn or whatever it was? That was local. Most of those dogs that hit the local Humane League were snatched up. The ones that are left? One is old and has diabetes. One is a purebred chow chow that’s partially blind. One is a very shy chow mix; shy dogs are often fear-biters. In the same shelter, there’s an APBT who’s a young adult and is untrained, unruly, and really needs some discipline. There’s a beautiful Samoyed who’s very aloof, true to the breed, and isn’t suited for a home with kids (which makes up 80% of my city). There’s an absolute georgeous GSD who is also untrained and unruly, except he’s even bigger and even more active than that ABPT. There’s a jack russel who has such bad allergies, her skin peels off constantly and it takes her fur with it. Out of the 23 dogs in the Humane League, there’s 6 purebreds. Only one, a standard poodle adult of 4 years, is labeled “too good for words”; he’s free of behavior problems and health problems. But he was a stray.

    Which brings the point home. The purebreds in the shelters are there for a reason. The ones that are friendly and good with kids get nabbed right away. Those who might just need a little extra effort sit there and rot. For a reason. People who want a purebred usually want a dog whos history they know well, because you really have no idea how a dog that’s been on the street will react with certain behaviors until you trigger that behavior.

    There are responsible breeders. I’m sad to say that we didn’t find one when we bought our GSD puppy several years ago. The dog has since passed away due to problems that were very common in bad breeding stock. But we do know responsible Golden Retriever breeders, who earnestly care for their animals and for the puppies. They have an extensive interview of the potential buyers, they stopped breeding their female because it was no longer healthy for her age, and if there’s any “leftover” puppies, their 8 adult children always make sure they have room to take them in and alter them and keep them as family pets. Now one of those kids took one of the puppies from the last litter, and is breeding her. And the cycle continues of background checks and reliable means to home the puppies that didn’t get bought. Their dogs are healthy, never had a health problem aside from the occasional batch of worms which comes from the rabbits out in the yard. Compared to the breeder we got our GSD from, whom I’m almost positive now was nearly puppy mill, who didn’t interview, who lowered the price to $100 because they “couldn’t get rid of her” and couldn’t continue breeding because the female was too obsessed with her 10-week-old pup to worry about their male, who disappeared off the charts after we got our pup… there’s bad breeders out there. But there’s good breeders too.

    Stop pet stores. Stop puppy mills. By all means stop the people who churn out puppies like a factory. But a simple breeder who truely wants best for the breed? Let them be. Breeds aren’t interchangable. Terriers are very high energy dogs, someone who wants a dog that just wants to sleep in their lap will be surprised. Chow chows are indepentant, if you want a dog that loves your guests you’d better not get one of those dogs. Likewise, dogs in shelters (if they’re purebred, they likely have some defect) aren’t equal to dogs from breeders.

    And that’s not to say I don’t love shelter dogs too. We got a GSD/dalmation from a shelter (she later died as a result of neglect in a boarding kennel at age 6), we rescued an entire litter of GSD/black lab puppies from being tied in a sack and thrown in a river (we kept one, she later died of liver cancer at age 12). We currently have a chow/lab/golden retriever/mastiff mix who was on her way to the shelter when we decided that we’d take the free puppy instead.

    The thing with shelters is that some dogs slip through the cracks while others aren’t given the chance they deserve. There are some shelter dogs who are labeled as “great with kids!” until the kid does something the shelter didn’t think of and gets his/her face chewed off. There’s also dogs like the one we have now; Mocha being part chow doesn’t like punishment and will snap at whatever is swatted at her. If she’d gone through the shelter testing they would have seen that as potential agreesion (and it is) and would have put her down. We worked with her for 2 months, and now we only get an occasional snap at the newspaper. Given a chance, a dog that snaps can be trained not to. Likewise, a dog labeled good can easily just have gotten it’s trigger missed.

    And before anyone says I label shelter dogs, it’s not just shelter dogs. All animals have a trigger. Most puppies have the running trigger; it runs, they catch ankles with their teeth. Most dogs have a pain trigger; it hurts, they bite the face off. With some dogs it’s their feet. Or their ears. Or their stomach. Or that old scar where they got fixed/surgery/into a fight. Or maybe it’s not even with their body, but with their owners; if their owner screams the dog goes insane trying to bite the cause. Or if someone breaks a window the dog flips and attacks someone. Everyone who’s owned a dog knows what I’m talking about. Heck, the result of the trigger doesn’t even have to be a bite, it could just be a displeasing reaction (urinating, screaming in terror, hiding– usually triggered by loud noises, fire trucks and similar alarms, thunder, etc).

    The problem is, when you buy a purebred puppy from a breeder, you know that breed’s triggers (GSD triggers include territorial issues, protection issues, and noise sensitivity; chow triggers include negitive punishment, territorial issues, fear-biting; etc). BUT when you get that little bundle of joy, you can watch it grow into other triggers as well (what does puppy do in the bath? the snow? vaccuum? car?). And let’s face it, a puppy is quite unlike a larger adult shelter dog because when that puppy reacts aggressively, it’s still small enough that you might get a nipped finger or two. Depending on the size of the shelter dog, the first reaction you see to that dog’s trigger could be the death of you or your kids.

    Pros and Cons of getting shelter dogs. It’s never an easy choice. I know my family has always gone to the shelter first and has always seen what dogs they have to offer there before going to a breeder or a friend who has an unwanted animal. I also know that when we went to get that purebred GSD, we’d checked the Humane League every week, and they never had any larger breed dogs not child-aggressive.

  8. Felicia says:

    I love animals.I dont want them to get hurt.they dont deserve wat their owners do 2 them.I would like 2 protest plezzz.i beg of u just help me save the animals.

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