Some people and organizations are against breeding dogs. Breeders are often criticized for contributing to the pet population problem. I’m curious about whether or not these same people ever consider the human population problem. Why is it unreasonable to buy a puppy from a breeder or pet shop, yet it’s reasonable to want to have our own babies?
I have done my fair share of criticizing breeders, too. How could anyone buy from a pet shop or breeder when there are so many homeless animals? But, I hear about homeless animals a lot more than I hear about homeless children. Just as an example, there are 11 million children in sub-Saharan Africa alone who have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic, according to the WomenAid Children of the World Initiative. It is easy to forget about these children. I know I have done more to help homeless animals in my area than I have done to help any child.
The bottom line is, there are millions of homeless, orphaned children in the world, yet we still want our own babies. There are also millions of homeless dogs in shelters and in the streets, yet we still buy puppies from breeders.
The global problem of homeless children is a difficult issue to address, and that’s why it is too often avoided. There is no simple solution, but next time you question a breeder’s motives, think about what you are really arguing. It’s more important to love children and dogs for the individuals they are, not for where they come from.