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Torturing DOGS


Dogs have a right not to be tortured or born handicapped for life. Some breeds have become canine caricatures, giving the Animal Rights whackos credibility.


Col. Sam Harper,  Dogsport ReconnaissanceMay 2011 | TheDogPress.com

Col. Sam Harper, Dogsport Reconnaissance


Watching TV with my kid a few weeks ago, I make one of those astute observations that compels someone half my age to educate her elder. Tiffany lost the war of words but it probably was the worst bloodless battle I ever won. I’m not proud of it either because I respect her passion for what she believes in.

So I put off writing this, hearing “Daddy, you can’t say that, I’ll never be able to go to another show!” Then I remember that with the new job, she isn’t showing anyway and what the hell, someone has to say it. I don’t think that Pacelle guy she was shrieking about reads The Dog Press but I’m banking on some level heads out there in “the dog fancy” so here goes.

What moral justification gives humans the right to torture dogs in a life of suffering? Why do otherwise decent people condone it? For over a century now, inhumane humans have bred dogs incapable of living without human support. In the quest for something “unique” breeders have caused dogs to be born, which under most other circumstances, would be humanely destroyed.

One of the worst dog deformities is the inability to breathe. What egotistical creature lacking the human capacity to love would do that to a dog? How horrible to be sentenced to a life of struggling for enough oxygen to sustain life! I have a touch of COPD from exposure to toxic chemicals and this spring I suffered like a Pekingese or Bulldog. It really made me think.

If you have any perspective, pun intended, you will admit that living with constant eye irritation, like something in your eye you can never get out, would be pure torture. Dogs just keep smiling but that does not mean they “get used to it.” Strong men who suffer severe chronic pain say if it were not for hurting their family, they would check out. What do you say as your dog struggles to do your bidding although his twisted joints or deformed spine hurts so bad he would rather just lay perfectly still?

Dogs have a right not to be tortured or born handicapped for life.My old hound looked at me with love, not condemnation, and friend, that tortured ME. I had quit letting him run free in the woods because he always came back beat up. Thinking back, I should have kept letting him be a DOG. Just because he forgave me and worked off his frustration chasing the cat doesn’t make it right.

Dog breeders rally to fight against Animal Rights instead of fighting for their animal’s right to be healthy. That’s like sending a platoon after one rice farmer instead of launching a division against the Viet Cong.  That makes as much sense as dog breeders defending the 47 breeds with the most genetic (man-made) health problems according to some Swedish panel. I can kind of see that those breeders would be in denial but they need to see a psychiatrist, not a dog show judge. I looked it up. Seven breeds demanded “urgent attention.” They are Bassets, Bulldogs, Chows, French Bulldogs, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Pekingese and Shar Pei.

I don’t claim to be a dog expert but if I was a chow dog I’d want to see what might be coming at me from the side and to think that some Chinese emperor deliberately crippled those little Pekingese so they couldn’t wander off and do what dogs do is downright sick. I guess Shar Pei breeders are working on the skin problems but I put the development of those dog breeds in the same category as sticking a tiny kitten in a bottle and letting it grow up in there to amuse a kid. Sorry, I know we’re beholden to the Chinese right now so maybe I should pick on the French.

You breeders wonder why you are easy targets? You can’t see the enemy forces just ahead as you clump and crash your way through the jungle? Did no one tell you that you are committing professional suicide? If you loved dogs as loyal companions instead of weird ornaments, wouldn’t YOU go to the pound and adopt a real dog instead of some creature with an exaggerated head that had to be conceived by artificial means and born by surgically cutting the mother dog open...?

How does that sound to you? Is that a perfect picture for those Animal Rights extremists? Wouldn’t you rather go to the pound and rescue your basic dog that will love you just as much? Maybe more because after all, you saved its life.

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