On May 29, several members of the Asheville/American Voice for Animals and I held a peaceful protest at an event sponsored by the Hendersonville and Spartanburg kennel clubs. We are opposed to kennel clubs’ support of breeders.
Breeding brings yet another dog into the world when there are already 7.6 million entering shelters every year. Roughly half of these dogs will never find homes and will be euthanized. Adopting a dog from a rescue or shelter instead of a pet shop or breeder saves a life. If anyone still prefers to own a purebred, I would let them know that about 25 percent of shelter animals are purebreds who need homes just as much as other dogs.
While we were spreading this message to the public, I was appalled by the hostility of some of the kennel club members. Many of them stopped their cars to curse and make rude hand gestures at us.
The worst abuse, however, came from the breeders. One breeder came up to us and swore and yelled in our faces, while another drove off the road to nearly hit us, all while she was blowing the horn and holding up her middle finger.
If breeders show so little regard for people, I can only imagine how they treat the animals! The bottom line is if you or someone you know is considering adding an animal companion to your family: Don’t breed or buy while pound pups die!
— Jeremy Sagaribay