Comment: Breeding pets carries great responsibility

Comment: PUPPIES are adorable and watching the "miracle of dog-birth" is a wonderful, bonding family experience.

But it is also wrong.

Saying this is difficult for me because some of my close friends have made the decision to allow their dog to have puppies.

I've stood silently at the side, not wanting to offend their feelings.

And I'm not going to judge them as I know they are doing what they believe is right for the family.

But when you look at the number of dogs desperately looking for homes on the RSPCA or 4 Paws website, can you just ignore a problem?

My children desperately wanted our dogs to have puppies too. So did I.

And when it was time to take my mum's cat to be desexed I was sorely tempted not too.

Just one litter and we could have it desexed.

The vet persuaded me I was doing the right thing with her accounts of how many kittens there are in shelters.

Until demand outstrips supply, the rules need to be harsher to encourage most dog and cat owners to do the right thing.

There needs to be a requirement to ensure all animals are desexed.

Going through a breeding process needs to be restricted to a few who genuinely have the ability and desire to do this.

This would take away some of the casualness out of the "aww, let's have a go" puppy-making process.

It would also teach children pets are not a commodity for our pleasure and learning experience.

They are a responsibility.

Animal welfare has to be higher than our own desires.

This is a lesson we need to learn young.



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