You might have heard about irresponsible vendors in China putting live animals in air tight bags and selling them as trinkets. >If you haven’t, read about them here.<
The reason this barbaric act exists, together with illegal pet trade, poaching and irresponsible pet farming, all boils down to consumer demand.
The moment someone carries that cute little puppy home from behind the glass case of the pet shop, it’s encouraging breeders to churn out puppies, as many as they can, at the lowest cost they can manage. What if there are syndicates who are forcing women to give birth over and over just to sell their babies? Worse still, to maximize profits, the women are forced to live in inhumane conditions. Heinous? So what makes the pet industry different? Just because they are animals?
But that’s not all. Who could resist infant mammals? Even baby turtles are cute. Everyone wants to bring them home, giving rise to impulse buying. As a result, many pets are not well taken care of beyond their infant stage. Why? Because it suddenly occurred to the owners that taking care of a living thing is hard work. Because that puppy isn’t cute anymore. Because it has developed behavioral problems and has gotten out of hand. And the most frustrating reason of them all, “Because Fido is old and we don’t want to see him die.” Bollocks.
Every month, SCPA Singapore alone takes in 300 animals which are unwanted by their owners.
From this culture of irresponsible buying and breeding, created the need for another undesirable activity: Euthanasia.
Even with all the rescue efforts going on and kindhearted people doing what they can to give pets a second chance, there’s still more strays, abandoned animals and animals scheduled to be euthanized than what rescue groups can handle.
There are animals being put down everyday, healthy, unhealthy, their lives forcefully taken against their will. And I’d rather lose my job as a groomer because there isn’t enough furry dogs for me to groom, than to see breeders churn out puppies without a care in the world and irresponsible owners leaving their pets in a terrible state. The same pet who has given the perpetrators 100% of their love.
Seriously though, there’s so much advantages to adopting. First, it feels good giving animals a second chance to live. Secondly, because most of them have not experienced excessive pampering, they’re usually much calmer and well-behaved. And since most animals up for adoption is in their adulthood, what you see is what you get. Plus so much more!
If long-term commitment is not for you, why not try fostering? It’s the practice of temporarily taking care of the animals before they find a permanent home.
Of course, the government too need to understand and allow larger breed of dogs in HDB flats.
There is much work to be done so please help to share this around and encourage people to adopt. The animals need your help. Even if you can’t adopt, your help in disseminating this message may have already help an animal on death row.
Finally, let’s take one last moment to digest this picture from the video above. This puppy was being put down right after the photo shoot was done. Look them in the eye. Do they deserve this?