You should adopt a rescue dog instead of a dog from a breeder
Pets can add to the health and happiness of the individual who adopts them
t takes a few minutes with a dog or cat to feel less anxious and less stressed. Your body actually goes through physical changes, in that time it make a difference in your mood. The level of cortisone, a hormone associated with stress, is lowered. And the production of serotonin, a chemical associated with well-being, is increased. Reducing stress saves your body wear and tear. People who own pets often feel the need to care for them, and makes the person feel needed.
You aren"t supporting dog mills or pet shops.
dog mills- a terrible place were dogs are breed in huge mass and inhumanely, they are under minimal car. they are sold to dealers and pet stores there are more than 5000 puppy mill in the US and after the female in "of no use" or can"t make any more babies she is killed
It saves a life
8 million stray dogs are taken by shelters , 3.7 million (almost half) are inhumanly killed 11,000 pets every day
shelter uthanation is the #1 reason why animals die
Seventeen million Americans acquire a new pet each year -- that is more than double the number of shelter animals! Sadly, only 3.5 million people, or about 20 percent, choose to adopt their new pet. The rest choose to buy their pets from pet stores or breeders, or they choose a variety of other cheap or free sources, such as friends, neighbors or Internet ads.
In the 1970s, American shelters euthanized 12-20 million dogs and cats, at a time when there were 67 million pets in homes. Today, shelters euthanize around 4 million animals, while there are more than 135 million dogs and cats in homes. This enormous decline in euthanasia numbers"from around 25 percent of American dogs and cats euthanized every year to about 3 percent"represents substantial progress. We will make still greater progress by working together to strike at the roots of animal overpopulation.
Firstly, I wish to think my opponent for the opportunity to discuss animal issues, which I think are far more important than most people seem to care about -- but I won't disgress too far into this. While I agree with my opponent's intent, I beleive that his solution is misguided to a degree.
“Pets can add to the health and happiness of the individual who adopts them”
This point is assumed on both sides of the argument. It is explicit that a dog will be sought as ‘adoption of a rescue dog’ and ‘purchase from a breeder’ as both premises require the wanting of a dog.
You then go on to justify the acquisition of a dog. This is not required. The point of contention in this debate is from where the dog should be sought.
A potential dog owner may not find the dog he or she wants from a rescue dog centre
There is no obligation for a potential dog owner to save a dog from a rescue dog centre; the potential dog owner has every right to choose which dog he or she wishes to house and care for. For example, a potential dog owner may want a purebred dog, which would be hard to obtain from a rescue dog centre because not every dog will have birth documents (and probably wouldn't end up in a dog rescue centre).
A rescue dog is more likely to have infections than one from a breeder
A study conducted by the United States National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) in 1998 showed that 47.7% of dogs turned in to shelters were not altered (spayed or neutered) and that 33% had not been to a veterinarian. This indicates, for example, that a rescue dog is more likely to have STDs if the dog has not been neutered, as 33% have not been to a vet (in comparison to every breeder taking dogs to the vet). Of course, the rescue dog can be checked for basic infections, but it is simply too time consuming to check for every infection (but dog breeders can because there are far less animals to take care of when compared to a dog rescue centre).
Adoption does not solve the problem, it only attends to the results
The problem is not that people are not adopting dogs regularly enough, the problem is that dogs are being irresponsibly bred. As you alluded to, the problem is worsened by the existence of “dog mills”. Other factors for rescue dogs are abusive households or a lack of a home (stray dog). Eradication of these negatives, rather than attending to the results, will ultimately fix the problem.
The same study conducted by the NCPPSP concluded, “the owners who were relinquishing their pets did not have the knowledge to be responsible dog owners, and that educational programs aimed at present and prospective owners would reduce the number of dogs relinquished to animal shelters”. In light of this, an effective solution to the problem would be to educate owners on how to responsible owners -- this is where the effort should most heavily be applied.
While it is heart-warming to see dogs being saved thanks to rescue dog centres, it is unfair to say that everyone should be adopting from said centres. As I have demonstrated, there are occasions where potential dog owners will want to purchase dogs from breeders.
FritsGypsySorcha forfeited this round.
Extend my arguments.
If my opponent posts his final argument in the final round (if he decides to post anything), I reserve the right to post counter-arguments in the final round (as would normally be against code of conduct) as I would not be in a position to otherwise address (giving my opponent an unfair advantage).
FritsGypsySorcha forfeited this round.
My counter-arguments have not been addressed -- the resolution is negated.
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