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The aim of this article is not to condemn Kennel Clubs, dog shows, or breeders. It is simply to demonstrate the extremes that the "pure breed culture" has taken us to. We need to take a step back and re-assess what we really want. Is our primary aim to own happy healthy dogs, or cute/exotic/long-eared/giant-sized/miniature/wrinkled dogs? Remember, as nature very cleverly programmed it to be so- the healthiest, happiest and hardiest dog is the one that is least purebred.
Through religious worship of the cow, are we only concerned with protecting its "life" while ignoring its welfare or "quality of life"? Cow-slaughter laws were formed against a backdrop of strong religious and political motivations -- some of which date back several centuries. There is very little science behind these laws. In fact, a search for sound scientific literature on the subject reveals very few studies conducted in the 70s and 80s. Beyond that, the scientific community has largely ignored the issue.