When I saw an advertisment for this BBC documentary airing on BBC America, I didn't catch that this was an expose on the abuses of breeding dogs. I watched the documentary tonight and it is another abuse we inflict on animals that should be stopped. As an owner of a pure breed who is a rescue (he lived in rural Tenn. and would run along highways in his first "home", then he couldn't handle another person's other dog (competitive), so then he came to us) and who has agonized over his degenerative blindness, this is a subject not far from home for me. I love him and don't discriminate in terms of ableness for humans or animals, but he clearly STRUGGLES to live a normal life. What these breeders have done to animals is inexcusable and perverse.
I also had 2 purebreds. I got them because I fell madly in love with them. I didn't seek them out it was a destiny type of thing. Yet, they passed away at 6 and 7 years old while my little rescued pound puppy is now 15. The purebreds had health problems their entire lives. I agree with you Paints4Fun. In High School I also found out the pet store by my home artificially colors fish. I complained so much and so loudly that they stopped buying the artificially colored fish. Unfortunately, there are so many stores that still carry them. It makes me absolutely sick to know that humans couldn't see the natural beauty of them and decided to dip them in acid, inject them with color, dip them in acid again all for the sake of "beauty". And it isn't even permanent. The fish then swim around the tank minding their own business while the toxic acid kills all the other fish. It is a disgusting and excruciating life.
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