Still on the topic of dogs and cats, “ADOPT DON’T SHOP” is another cause that I strongly support. So I was happy to give up a morning of being a couch potato to protest and irritate the owner of “Our pets”. From this > To this >
“Our Pets” sells live animals and most likely sources his puppies from puppy mills. Puppy mills are a way of making easy money for unethical people. To cut costs the animals are often kept in appalling conditions. A female dog is forced to endlessly produce puppies, compromising her health and causing her premature death. It is a life of misery! You might be wondering why I am raising this issue at a time when us humans are meant to be festive and display goodwill to others?
1) This is the time of the year when heartless people abandon pets because it is too much trouble to look after them over the holiday period. Shelters are full to capacity and many of these animals are needlessly killed by under-resourced shelters. 2) Then there is the issue of giving animals as gifts. Frequently parents, eager to see a smile on their child’s face, will buy animals on a whim without thinking about the long-term responsibility of caring for another life. Often the sad reality is that after the festive season, when the novelty has worn off, these animals are discarded. ~ I AM NOT A SOFT TOY ~
Ban Animal Trading South Africa encourages people to not give an animal as a gift because it can send the message that animals are commodities and therefore ‘disposable’.
Giving any type of live animal as a present is just not a good idea, as animal shelters are filled with animals they can’t re-home. However, if you are absolutely ready to care for another creature for the rest of his/her life, then please ADOPT from a shelter. Don’t buy from a pet shop, as it just encourages trading animals as commodities.
– Abandoned pet numbers rising (thisnews.co.uk)
– Puppy Mills Facts (mademan.com)