What do these read like to you?
… the real problem is what often arrives in the same litter: genetically defective sister and brother puppies born with missing paws or faces lacking eyes and a nose.
There have been dogs with brain disorders so severe that they spent all day running in circles, and others with bones so frail they dissolved in their bodies. Many carry hidden diseases that crop up years later, veterinarians and breeders say.
Coveted traits like a blue-tinged coat are often the result of recessive genes, which can determine appearance only when combined with another recessive gene.
Inbreeding is a quick way to bring out recessive traits, as dogs carrying the gene are repeatedly mated with their own offspring, enhancing the trait over successive generations.
When done carefully, some types of inbreeding are safe. But in Japan, all too many breeders throw aside caution in search of a quick profit, experts in the business say. In these cases, for every dog born with prized colors, many more appear with defects, also the product of recessive genes.
… nearly half of all Labradors suffered from the deformity — four times more than the United States…
Hirofumi Sasaki, a pet store owner in the western city of Hiroshima, has seen so many defective dogs that last year he converted an old bar into a hospice to care for them. So far he has taken in 32 dogs, though only 12 have survived.
One is Keika, a deaf 1-year-old female dachshund with eyes that wander aimlessly. Her breeder was originally selling her for about $7,500 because she is half-white, a rare trait in dachshunds.
“That is an unnatural color, like a person with blue skin,” Mr. Sasaki said.
The breeder told Mr. Sasaki that he had bred a dog with three generations of offspring — in human terms, first with its daughter, then a granddaughter and then a great-granddaughter — until Keika was born. The other four puppies in the litter were so hideously deformed that they were killed right after birth.
Science fiction excerpt? Horror flick scene? No, it’s real life, happening in Japan as we speak. but it’s not just Japan, everywhere it is happening, even in Singapore. It is getting attention in Japan only because of the alarmingly high incidence of deformities and mortality rates there. Part of the problem is unscrupulous breeders who treat the animals they breed like so many money-making machines and their offspring like so much goods promising profit.
Like Singapore’s laws about breeding and pet shops, what Japan has are relatively new. And like Singapore, the problem is the lack of will or resources on authorities’ part to police and enforce said laws. Where does that leave the victims? I’m not talking about the people who buy these “designer” pets. Sure they lose money, but did they have to live with sometimes painful genetic defects, if allowed to live at all? The real victims are the animals – the mothers and fathers who are made to breed at an unnaturally fast and intense rate detrimental to their health and biology, and their offspring, the poor babies who might not even live long enough to taste mother’s milk. Every breeding animal deemed useless or any babies deemed unsaleable are cruelly disposed of.
Why is this happening? As long as there are people willing to buy pets without questioning the source, the puppy mills and kitten mills, and the middleman petshops will thrive. And so will gross neglect, abuse, mistreatment, abandonment. Sometimes when no longer profitable, breeding farms, along with all their voiceless victims, are nonchalantly abandoned.
The quotes and the article, appended below, relates to dogs, but for cats too, inbreeding has caused them a ton of issues. For example, white cats with blue eyes are often blind and deaf.
Selective breeding has given us many magnificent breeds. Selective breeding has also given us many dogs with health or mental problems.
Teacup anything have health problems compounded, as being teacup is a process of breeding runts with runts. Speaking of small, I remember catching something on Channel News Asia, where the topic happened to be very small breed dogs, specfically the chihuahua. Being unnaturally small for a canine, the chihuahua bitch faces labour problems far in excess of larger breeds, and often her babies can be delivered only by Caesarian due to the violation of natural foetus to birth canal ratio of the breed. The Chihuahua’s tiny size is already a standard, imagine what a teacup-sized dog goes through during labour.
Young anything are also very fragile – especially baby animals under 3 months of age. And yet, Singapore laws only prohibit the import of animals under 3 months of age, and so locally born baby kittens and puppies may be sold before their 3rd month… which may lead to tragedies like this.
Why are such cruelties happening, you may ask. Why isn’t anyone stopping them?
The most important thing to remember, as with all else, is that the power to stop this tragedy is within US, you and me, people, common folk. Consumers. For
“If consumers didn’t buy these unnatural dogs,” said Chizuko Yamaguchi, a veterinarian at the Japan Animal Welfare Society, “breeders wouldn’t breed them.”
Abandonment, and mistreatment is part of the phenomenon of novelty pet ownership. The lucky ones get rehomed, the slightly less will end up in shelters where they may be granted as stay of execution. The thing is, there are so many animals in shelters awaiting new homes.
In Singapore, the AVA and the SPCA puts down thousands of animals every year, and some of them can’t be accused of being scraggly dirty mongrels or drain cats. In the US, 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are put to death in shelters.
There are always animals hoping for a second chance, and too often, due to overcrowding at rescue centres, many of these hopefuls are put to death, sentenced by arbitrary judgments of age, looks, and personality. So if you’re thinking of getting a pet, why not consider adoption? You will literally be saving lives.