Target: United States President of the Senate Joe Biden
Goal: Enact tighter restrictions on companion animal breeding
Every year, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters and rescues that simply cannot take in any more animals. Others roam the streets without adequate medical care or protection from cruelty or harm, and breed more and more unwanted animals. Yet there is no nationwide restriction on the breeding of dogs and cats despite all those that die. Demand that the United States government enact stricter regulation of breeding operations.
Dogs and cats are routinely bred in large-scale operations to meet economic demands for certain breeds. However, according to the United States Humane Society, it is estimated that 25% of dogs in shelters are purebreds. Euthanasia is the leading cause of death in dogs under two years, according to the American Humane Association, a staggering fact that illustrates the great need for increased regulation against breeding until unwanted animals are taken care of.
Unrestricted breeding results in unwanted litters sold from the backs of trucks or advertised in newspapers. Many times, owners may not be able to afford the beginning medical care for these young animals, and they may die of diseases that could have been prevented. Nor are their buyers screened, so they may be given to homes that neglect, abuse, or surrender them.
Breeding dogs and cats when there are already so many in shelters also deprives these animals of a chance to find a home and creates a further strain when they are abandoned or surrendered to shelters. For those who want to own a specific breed, rescue groups do exist, but may be passed over in favor of breeders with AKC registered dogs or available puppies.
It is clear something must be done to address the problem of unwanted animals. Economic hardship has placed further strain on animal rescue groups and resulted in the abandonment of countless dogs, cats, and birds. Without enough funding or space, shelters are forced to put down animals that might otherwise be adoptable.
If we are to combat the issues of stray and unwanted animals, the government must crack down on breeding operations, including puppy mills and backyard breeders. Continued breeding of animals will only produce greater populations of neglected and unwanted dogs and cats. We must restrict breeding of dogs and cats on a nationwide scale.
Dear President Joe Biden,
The breeding of dogs and cats has resulted in millions of unwanted or stray animals, many of which wind up in shelters that are overburdened and are forced to euthanize animals on a huge scale. Others are abandoned on the streets, forming stray and feral populations that do not receive medical care and continue to breed more strays. Yet commercial breeding operations continue without nationwide regulations to address the pet population without homes.
I must ask that the United States Congress begin to address these issues and implement stricter control of breeding practices, including restricting further breeding, both public and private. Though this may prove unpopular, decisive action is desperately needed to help these animals and end the strain on humane societies and shelters. The government must take action to reduce the population of animals through legislation.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Sergey Rodovnichenko, The Stray Dogs via Flickr