good lord. its bad enough that people auction off dogs like they were merchandise, let alone to actually attend one. its totally pathetic the way this world has become in the way they view animals. they are living , breathing creatures. far more worthy than be presented to the highest bidder. sorry to rant, but when are people gonna buck up and take responsibilty for the pets that they created . if everyone did that, there would be no mills or auctions or sad faces staring through bars, waiting for someone to rescue them from the hell they are in. responsibilty is the key word and if more people practiced it, there would be far less homeless animals and puppymills would finally come to an end. and you cant hold an auction if you have nothing to auction off.
The solicitation of canine auctions by those other then the comercial breeding industry is not only new, it is a very small precent.
When one asks, why is this done, the answer is simple, the dogs are livestock. Despite how we may view them as pets, not everyone does. Many of the people who breed dogs commercials do not see a moral wrong in what they do. They do not view the dogs with anymore interst then many of us do cattle.
I have purchased my last 4 horses from auctions. I do concider it 'rescuing' them, because of all the shady crappy people, and meat buyers. I have made no bones that I like horses every bit as well as dogs. I guess the difference is, that some times through no fault of their own very good horeses end up at these auctions. Or they may also have some issues or problems that you don't know about.
Obviously a dog auction is likely NOT where you will find dogs that most people would want to bring in to their breeding program-- but what if they did? What if a decent dog happend to end up their through no fault of it's own? What if a smaller breeder like 'moneymaker' could provide a better life for them than any one else in the 'auction house'? Is it wrong? Is it any worse than purchasing any other dog from a bad byb, petshop, puppymill? Or is it worse to let the dog be passed on to another 4-5 years of hell in a TRUE puppymill, breeding every cycle?
Not agreeing with any of this, just asking the question.
I would also like to ad that I don't concider Dogs as livestock, but I don't concider horses as livestock either. They were also bred by man to be a service animal, for temperment and specific jobs. Horses can learn to do tricks. They love people and are loyal to people. The only difference is horses can't live in the house.
I guess I concider both to be what they are, beloved animals, not livestock, but not humans.
ďAnimals kept or raised for use or pleasure; especially : farm animals kept for use and profit.Ē
Seems to fit the definition.
Anyway, they have auctions at the Animal shelters in my county as well. If two or more people want the same dog, then the bidding war starts and the dog goes to the highest bidder. These dogs of course come without papers and are fixed but still, they see nothing wrong with auctioning dogs there. Like it or not, it is legal. I do believe though that the seller must have a USDA license to sell at auctions, so if they donít, then you might be able to do something.