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post #21 of 33 Old 07-30-2009, 01:10 PM
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I have to agree with Ilovemyphillip. All animals have their purpose. Unfortunately for rodent fans, their purpose is often a meal for other pets. Sometimes we as humans have a hard time grasping the food chain. We find it hard to stomach that our pets, had they not become our pets, would make a great meal for those higher on the food chain. It's a part of nature though...the animal kingdom. On T.V. I have watched lionesses attacking zebras. I felt so sorry for the zebra and hoped it would escape...but it did not. But hey lions have to eat too. A snake eating a mouse is perfectly natural and necessary....the ole' barn cat will make a meal out of them too. Funny though...most people don't complain about the barn cat keeping down their rodent population
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post #22 of 33 Old 07-31-2009, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, I am only stepping in this time to clear something up.

This is not an issue on feeder animals.

I think we can all accept that rats/mice/chickens/rabbits/ect are used as feeders.

This thread is about the breeding of smaller animals, no matter the use of said animal.
Should more care be put in breeding a dog compared to a rabbit compared to a horse compared to a budgie?
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post #23 of 33 Old 07-31-2009, 12:21 AM
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No, how's that for a simple answer? Lol
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post #24 of 33 Old 07-31-2009, 01:09 AM
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Okay then, if you want to ask like that, I'll also say "No".
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post #25 of 33 Old 07-31-2009, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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The thing is people are breeding animals just because they can. And one reason they say its okay is because they are smaller, therefore more disposable. I don't think breeding *specifically* for feeders is bad. But breeding just because you want to, then saying, "oh they can go as feeders" is slightly irresponsible. I figure someone will disagree. But I see a difference.
The same as breeding dogs for show or work, you will likely end up with pet quality animals. But breeding simply for pets, I see that differently.

Am I making sense or does this just sound all gibberish? I don't know anymore. Been thinking about it far too long myself.
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post #26 of 33 Old 07-31-2009, 01:06 PM
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I have friends that are heavy into horses, but when they refer to them, they use words like: Assets where I use words like: Baby To some people horses are just that, assets, or livestock and actually worth...less, potential health issues? Sell now. Save money, get rid of them... Me, I've put thousands into saving some... my 3 year old fractured his pelvis as a yearling, they said, get rid of him now, he could have issues... I thought, what is it costing me? A little feed, I'll ride it out and see if he heals... He healed, he could still have issues down the road, but.. He has a home with me...

My brother has spent 6K on a dog, a RESCUE. He replaced both the dogs knees and has him on special feed because he has tons of allergies. Other people would have let the dog go. I think it depends on the person and the finances. I could never belittle someone or think less of someone for getting rid of an animal that they can not afford to provide proper care for. I would definitely not want someone to stress their ability to pay bills and survive over an animal. There are too many people out their willing to care for them.

I think all animals are worth love.

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post #27 of 33 Old 08-02-2009, 01:13 AM
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I still stick to what I said before and going with the fact that the small animal population is easier to control. So going with that my answer to the topic question would be NO.

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post #28 of 33 Old 08-02-2009, 09:21 AM
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I believe that careless breeding no matter what your breeding is careless breeding. There are consequences to all choices. Living out in the country I see first hand some of these "breeding's" because they are dropped off on my road at night to fend for themselves!

Those that are lucky enough not to become fox/coyote food or road kill, find their way to my door. Terrified beyond words! They aren't put in the shelter because that will cost the owners money! So, I have to make that trip for those selfish/irresponsible people. Can't keep every abandoned kitten or puppy so Yup, off to the shelter to whatever future if any. Why? Because these people couldn't see beyond their nose!

All my pets that I was privileged to have share their life with me were abandoned or rescue animals. Merlin (my great dane,deceased) came from Colorado in the trunk of a car with 2 other adult great danes! He almost didn't survive the carbon monoxide poisoning. Bear (my retriever/newfie mix,deceased) was a stray/abandoned at the local shelter. Coonie (our little kitty recently deceased) came to us in such a mess one cold January night! I'm sure from their points of view, it wasn't much fun. But they were the lucky few.

I hear people say that they want their female cat to have one litter because it will make her a better mouser and it will be good for the children to experience the birth process! Wish I had a crystal ball so they could see the consequences to the animals from just that one litter.

So to sum up, Yes I feel more thought and care should go into breeding anything! They may not be human, but they are lives too!!!!! With very little control over what happens to them!

Sorry for the length.
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The thing is people are breeding animals just because they can. And one reason they say its okay is because they are smaller, therefore more disposable. I don't think breeding *specifically* for feeders is bad. But breeding just because you want to, then saying, "oh they can go as feeders" is slightly irresponsible. I figure someone will disagree. But I see a difference.
The same as breeding dogs for show or work, you will likely end up with pet quality animals. But breeding simply for pets, I see that differently.

Am I making sense or does this just sound all gibberish? I don't know anymore. Been thinking about it far too long myself.
So I can't breed a doe, just to wether her male kids and keep them as pets? If that's the issues I wonder why all these wild goats are running around. Oh or to just breed her female kids? To have more wether babies?
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post #30 of 33 Old 08-02-2009, 09:48 PM
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I think it's fine to breed for a pet. The majority of animals are used as pets not showing or working animals. You can still breed quality pets.
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