I couldn't agree with you more about the "central" group who slam people for things they themselves clearly know nothing about. Unfortunately there are always those self righteous do gooders out there who think that by buying the most expensive feed etc. is what being a pet owner is all about, like look at me I pay 50$ for a bag of feed so I know more than you...here's a thought check the labels guarantee no difference between whats in that 50$ bag and whats in a 10$ bag..you pay for the brand just like with clothing or anything else.
As far as books, vets that's all based on their own perceptions and theories mostly so you bet there is questionable content and advise.
My opinion is if you feed your pet regardless of what it is, you give it fresh water, you know what basic first aid is at the least and are willing to learn more about your particular pet then you are a good pet owner.
The whole pet store, breeding uproar to me is a bit over the edge. I do agree that there are a lot of shady pet stores out there but the major chains that I have visited have always took very good care of their animals and the breeding part well if everyone quit breeding everything but the top quality animals out there most of us in the real working world could never afford them and it would create such a small gene pool that defects would eventually be so rampant you could never get rid of them.
So there is my rant about the "central" groups who slam people
Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne