By Patty Adjamine - Mandy787@aol.com
Director, New Yorkers for Companion Animals
As millions of friendly, adoptable dogs and cats are
destroyed in our animal shelters for lack of homes, the breeding
industry and the media now market and promote the creation of the "Labradoodle"
(originally bred as "guide dogs"). Touted as having the "intelligence"
and "non-allergic" coat of the Standard Poodle and the personality of
the lab, the dogs were featured this morning (JULY 2, 2003) on the TODAY
SHOW -- and thus seen by millions of viewers aand potential
The breeder said these dogs sell for at least $1,800.00
and higher. She also said "THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF BREEDERS." What of
course was NOT said is how many wonderful dogs are DYING in our
shelters, including many Labs and some Poodles. What was NOT said, is
that both Lab and Standard Poodle puppies are HIGH ENERGY dogs and are
an extremely daunting challenge to raise, especially in an apartment.
Where will this new breed of dog be "found" a few years down the line?
Our animal shelters of course. And in desperate emails and postings
circulating on the Internet begging for "homes."
Pressure needs to be put on "The Today Show" for this
irresponsible "reporting." (Matt Lauer did the interview). Demand that
they do a segment about all the friendly, healthy and beautiful dogs and
cats dying in shelters (especially this time of year!). Admonish the
promotion of any "new breed" of dog as these are essentially MIXED BREED
dogs ("mutts") and mixed breeds die by the millions on streets and in
pounds. NO so-called "responsible breeder" creates "new breeds" by
mixing pure breeds together. The stated purpose behind so-called
"responsible breeding" is to maintain the "integrity" and "standards" of
the recognized breeds of dogs and to prevent extinction. It is NOT to
create new breeds for the purpose of making money!
Please write the Today Show at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot
let this slide if we want to prevent "Coming soon to a shelter near you:
The Labradoodle!" Please demand that TODAY expose the carnage that
occurs in shelters everyday due to human irresponsibility -- this
"report" being a prime example and contributor to such irresponsibility.
Go on to Too "Dam" Funny
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