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Should selective breeding of animals be prohibited?
Selective breeding of animals for pets (e.g. Siamese cats, pugs, etc.) should be prohibited.
It is immoral to select and encourage animal traits (and genetic mutations) based on what humans find pleasant or desirable.
Many animals, regardless of their breeding, are abandoned and have to live in shelters or be euthanised. It is therefore immoral to keep breeding more animals while many are left to die.
Purebred animals considered 'defective' or that do not develop the preferred characteristics of their breed are more likely to be abandoned.
Breeding facilities are often not licensed, do not treat animals adequately or do not have the proper conditions.
Purebred animals have an unacceptably high level of health problems.
Humans enjoy competitions and shows that are based on purebred animals.
If humans stopped breeding some particular breeds, they could become extinct.
Selective breeding can be beneficial for the animals themselves, not merely their human counterparts.
Selective breading has allowed pet ownership to be more accessible.
Selective breeding can be beneficial for the economy.
It is more often than not that unintended breeding of mixed breeds result in strays and poorly kept animals. Those who spend good money on a pet usually cherish and keep them
Selective breeding is comparable to natural selection in nature.
Animals have a wide variety of characteristics (aesthetic, personality, etc.) that potential owners will find important. Selective breeding ensures that desirable traits are maintained.
Some purebred dogs are used professionally (e.g. guide dogs, police dogs, search-and-rescue). The vital tasks they perform may be lost if purebreds are prohibited.
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