We know how complicated our morals and ethics are, and abiding by them or not is the essence of the human heart. However, when it comes to applying them to different beings, it can be even more complicated.
Is breeding dogs unethical?
Is breeding dogs unethical? The short answer would be yes; however, the long answer is no. Read on to find our take on this complicated matter and what it implies.
If we are above, below, or equal to animals, in general, is a controversial topic. However, one thing is clear. We have the power to make drastic changes, and we must always consider whether these changes are good or bad.
Stopping them would be impossible. We have always meddled in the affairs of other beings, be it for profit or to make a difference, in a good sense. Breeding for profit is a bad thing; however, specialized breeding that takes into consideration the possible side effects is not.
There are many people out there who breed dogs without any concern for genetic traits that could result in serious health issues. These people need to be stopped for they have no care in the world for these animals(1).
They usually don’t even provide the proper medical care or a clean environment and safe housing. There is no comparison between these breeders and the ones specialized by responsible breeders in specific facilities (2).
The ethical breeders are specialized in this field since they have years of experience, knowledge, and they are focused on one species, knowing all their weak points and managing them(3).
They take into consideration every aspect, all the traits, and characteristics, and prepare the respective pet properly from both a medical and social perspective(4).
Many dogs are bred specifically for their genetic traits. These pets are trained to help the blind, detect bombs, help the police, and many other things.
If breeding dogs does not produce them any harm both in the long and short term, then it is ethical. If it can save a species or preserve their gifted genetical reservoir, then it is moral.
If they are bred for profit and only for their features, which can only help us, humans, then it isn’t ethical. If they suffer from this procedure and if they are forced into it somehow, then it isn’t ethical.
The only way we can help these animals is by ensuring that unethical breeders do not breed them. Breeding in itself has many advantages; for example, the last members of a species can’t possibly know that they are in that dire situation.
You might say that we shouldn’t intervene and let nature do its thing. However, what if we caused that certain species to go extinct? Isn’t our moral obligation to reverse the effect?
Did you know?
– Breeding dogs is unethical if they are bred only for their looks.
– Inbreeding can lead to genetic disasters.
– There are millions of dogs in shelters, and breeding dogs usually takes away the sheltered one’s chances of getting adopted.