It’s only too often that one encounters people proudly flaunting the lineage of their pedigree pets and the various hurdles they overcame to purchase this new pet. Driven by the allure of owning a ‘purebred’ pedigree dog – a status symbol equated with aesthetic appeal – this unending demand fuels an entire industry built purely on exploitation and cruelty.
Are people blissfully unaware of what goes on behind closed doors, or are they fully willing to participate in these unjust practices since the end justifies the means? While choosing between an exotic Chow Chow or an equally exotic Akita, do they grasp the implications of their decisions? If the numbers of purchases of pedigree pets in India are any indication, the answer is no.
As an animal welfare organisation, we at Friendicoes strongly feel it’s our prerogative to continue to raise awareness about these unscrupulous practices and to educate as many as we can about the true reason behind #AdoptDontShop, which is so much more than just a catchy hashtag. With some luck, we hope to encourage readers to make informed, ethically conscious decisions regarding pet parenthood.
The Reality of Breeding in India
In India, dog breeding is a largely unregulated business that, over the years, has grown into a multi-crore industry – all thanks to the rising demand from metro cities. With profit being their sole motive and priority, these breeders care little for the basic hygiene and health standards, let alone the happiness of the dogs in their possession. This is the harsh and cruel life that most of these breeder dogs, especially the females, are subjected to:
You would think that depriving these dogs of a life worth living was cruel enough, but breeders don’t stop there. Next on their agenda is to cheat unassuming customers for a quick buck.
Of course, none of these potentially life-threatening concerns are conveyed to customers, who end up with walking medical bills instead of supposedly healthy dogs. This wouldn’t pose much of an issue if people who choose to buy ‘purebreds’ knew how to accept the consequences of their decisions. But for most, these genetic health conditions are deal-breakers and shelters like ours witness the misery of abandoned pets on the daily.
Undoubtedly, dog breeding is unethical, cruel and largely operated illegally. Any industry that survives based on a living being treated as a commodity to be manipulated for profit should be boycotted. While small-scale backyard breeders may claim to conduct ethical practices, they are as bad as large-scale operations since their ultimate goal remains the same. It’s the dogs who suffer silently.
Why else should you choose to adopt from a shelter?
If you are considering adoption, we’d happily accommodate you at Friendicoes to determine which of our dogs could match you and your lifestyle. Reach out to us here to get your adoption journey started!