The Philippines is a country that has a long way to go when it comes to animal welfare. A huge percentage of Filipinos take dogs as part of their lives, whether to guard their home or as companion, but a lot of dogs still end up in a pound to be put to sleep or a shelter looking for a home.
Do our people really know how to care for our dogs? For those who do, are we certain that we are also taking care of their future? What are we doing to help homeless dogs?
There have been a steady incline of pure bred dogs being sold in the market, a steady stream of people wanting to own a pure bred dog and an increasing number of Filipinos owning dogs. This rapid increase for the past years means that business is booming in the dog industry.
With this boom in the industry, there came to rise profit oriented Filipinos, the ones we call backyard breeders and puppy millers.
Wikipedia describes Backyard breeders as “A general term, often considered derogatory, used in USA to describe people who breed animals, often without registration. In some cases the animals are inbred narrowly for looks with little regard to health. The term most often is used to describe certain types of breeders of dogs…”
While a “puppy mill, sometimes known as a puppy farm, is a commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with an emphasis upon profits above animal welfare and is often in substandard conditions regarding the well-being of dogs in their care.”
A lot of current breeders will not admit to being a backyard breeder or a puppy miller. There is also no law which prohibits anyone to be a breeder. As a matter of fact, anyone can be a breeder. Sadly , there are those among us who do not take responsibility and even purchase dogs from these kind of breeders. I have heard all excuses and they always somehow try their best to justify their ways because of profit.
Recently I had another chance to see a post in a dog group created through Facebook. This post was special as it caught my attention not because the post was cute but rather bothering.
The post was from some someone who from my assumptions (innocent until proven guilty) is a backyard breeder, a puppy miller . The worst kind of puppy miller or backyard breeder are the cross or mix breeders.
With no purpose but to create a profit, they sell their cute puppies with little or no regard to their lineage, health, temperament and welfare.
I tried to ask a few questions for a justification why the dogs are being bred and sold but never got a straight answer. I ultimately got blocked.
The thread goes…
***For the protection of other commentators their names and photos have been erased. The breeder was not masked, as I stand in my observations and do not condemn this person but am simply asking for an explanation of why they breed and sell mix breed dogs.
I was able to open and save a page of the seller. If the person was a legit breeder or seller, he should have answered my questions with honesty, instead of blocking my account.
Now to those of you reading this article, what do you think? Leave your comments below.