Many people advocating for more animal legislature have good hearts but almost no practical experience in breeding, raising, training animals or any other form of animal husbandry [“Protect Our Puppies,” March 27 Xpress].
Second, please don't interchange the terms puppy mills and dog breeders. I have known people in the dog-show business most of my life. The great majority of these people have been responsible breeders: They take excellent care of their dogs; their dogs live in the house or roomy kennel runs, not crates; they health-test their dogs before breeding them; they screen their buyers to be sure the dogs go to the right homes. Most of all, they love their dogs. Should they have to put up with inspectors coming into their homes?
Third, inspections require tax money. Do we have it at the moment?
Finally — keep in mind that members of PETA have been quoted as saying their goal is to stop all dog breeding. Really? Do you want to live in a world with no pet dogs? No small-animal veterinarians? No pet-food businesses or pet supply stores? No boarding kennels, dog trainers or dog groomers?
Don't let your kind heart lead you into making unwise decisions.
— Jaimie Mulvey