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This link was posted on an email list I belong to so I thought I'd share it here. Among the articles included are THE FUTURE OF DOGS IN AMERICA, Cindy Cooke of UKC's THIS MEANS WAR, ANOTHER IMPORTANT VIEWPOINT FOR DOG/ANIMAL ENTHUSIASTS, etc.
http://sandiegodog.wordpress.com/
 

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Thank you for posting that. Not far-fetched one bit. Beware animal rights! PETA, ALF, ELF, they are our domestic terrorists. Funny how our president crows on and on about the "war on terror," yet he ignores the homegrown terrorists raging battle well within our own borders.

If you enjoy responsible pet ownership, SAY NO TO ANIMAL RIGHTS!
 
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I thought it was sad enough when the 2000 census showed that cats had surpassed dogs as America's number one pet. THEN I saw that America's number one dog was the Toy Poodle! Now this! I'll be living in Nunavut before I'll live like that.
 

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Be glad #1 isn't the GSD. Let the toy poodle people deal with the problems associated with being #1! GSDs are too popular as it is.

Too bad Hungary joined the EU or else I'd hole up in good ol' Eastern Europe if this really pans out. But alas, a good idea is well on its way to the crapper. So much for the "Land of the Free" when we have laws against whether our pets (still defined as personal property, thank goodness) can have their own gitdarned BALLS. Do we not have no other place for our money to go? Is public education that stellar where we have no need for the money to go there? The roads are that nicely paved without a pothole in sight? Maybe I missed the fact that society is Utopian, no wonder so many places can go after doggie body parts and "dangerous breeds."
 
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Oh I don't want the GSD to be the most popular breed. I just wish the Toy poodle WASN'T. Maybe Labs or Goldens could be the most popular. At least then people might have some clue about large dogs.
 

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Well I think animals should have rights. I think the animal rights community needs to splinter into factions with degrees of separation in their philosophies so humans can evaluate the entire issue more rationally rather than 'just say no!' Absolutism doesn't work for anything.
 

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The domestic terrorism has been happening long before Bush took office. Dogs having rights will not protect them from being abused. There's already cruelty laws. But the elderly, spouses and children have rights and all are abused, killed and tortured far too often.
 

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JanH-might it though protect these dogs? A little more? Something needs to happen-maybe not something with the name animal rights, but something! http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=666161&Main=50843#Post666161

I also don't think it should all be lumped together as Strongheart said. Like all breeders don't want to be lumped together. Like rescues like to underline reputability of their rescues through policy and procedure.

And the lab is the #1 dog in the US-AKC registration wise. I am sure their breed fanciers are as happy about their status as we are the GSD being #3.
http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm But who knows what happens when you include puppy mill registeries, the UKC, etc.
 

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Animals should not have "rights" as it is legally defined. They should be well cared for and respected for what they are or, if wild, respected and left alone, but they should never, EVER have the current legal definition of "rights."

I firmly believe in animal WELFARE. Before rights, we need to better enforce the laws on the books on welfare. More laws will hurt only those who follow the law; the scofflaws still won't give a darn either way. Why punish those who take excellent care for their dogs? Push for better enforcement of what we have and you'll see a better improvement. Also, if AKC stopped granting registries to pet store dogs and large-scale puppy mill operations, that will help a little as well. Not so much because of the BS registries, but it's a start in the right direction.
 
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