Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible Pet Ownership - L Cobb You could kill the...

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L Cobb You could kill the entire population of the United States thirty times before you equaled the amount of animals euthanized annually. According to the American Humane Association, 9.6 million animals are euthanized every year. (Animal Shelter Euthanasia, par. 4) Sadly, homeless pets have become a too common sight, an evil stemmed from the lack of responsible pet ownership. Common actions and misconceptions form the foundation for pet over-population, homelessness, abuse, neglect, and death. We ask ourselves how we can prevent such a tragedy. The only way is to educate the population about responsible pet ownership. How many of us have ever made an impulse purchase? As many of us feel that twinge of guilty acknowledgement, you can begin understand the number one problem with pet overpopulation. Pet stores make large profits off the fuzzy adorable faces of puppies and kittens, yet sadly most of these pets come from mills. Mills are run by unethical people who profit from over breeding animals and selling the litters. Over bred females are killed once they are unable to produce. A problem with this assembly line method is the treatment of their animals. Over breeding, inbreeding, and continuous confinement in small spaces result in serious health problems. These health problems are often left untended, and veterinary services are rarely involved. Health problems can also occur later in the animals’ life, forcing an owner to relinquish or abandon the animal. (Be Smart when obtaining a Dog, par. 4) Another issue created by mills is poor socialization. Just as any human needs social interaction to develop into socially acceptable people, so do animals. Poor socialization causes animals to behave based on their primary instincts. Animals may become aggressive, fearful, or destructive. Animals with anti-social tendencies are usually the first to be euthanized at shelters. This is because they can be dangerous to the public, have health issues, or the shelter does not have funding to rehabilitate the animal. (Animal Euthanasia, Sec. 3)
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