During the 9:30 segment on NBC's Today show they had a segment about how to get "bargains" on Christmas gifts and included PUPPIES!! Though they briefly say "make sure the person actually wants a puppy" but then went on to "endorse" a "designer breed" puppy mill OR you can go to a shelter.
Please write and tell them that we are disappointed that they would include puppies as a viable gift and that they would include a puppymill for "mutts" just makes it that much worse - Mulberry Farm, a glorified puppy mill.
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***Edited By: Wandering_Spirit on 12/13/2006 5:05:49 PM*** Reason: -Link removed by Wandering_Spirit- to save mods a headache caused by a complaining member
Funny you should say that, there was just a commercial for the new air buddies movie, with all the golden retriever puppies, and at the end of the commercial the puppy says WHO DOESN'T WANT A PUPPY FOR XMAS. Ugh!!!!!
Writing letters will alert the NBC staff to the controversy, but please don't think it'll drive your lesson home. First thing they'll do is take the letters to their original contact, the director of the kennel they originally profiled, for reaction and comment. If they run another piece on the subject, you can be pretty sure both sides of the issue will have articulate spokespeople who know their talking points. Then for all you know, they'll end the segment with comments by a veterinarian who believes in mutt vigor. You might get your message out there, but maybe not the last word.
Last year around this time every one was complaining about the today show doing a piece on the designer dogs.... they had puggles and stuff on there. It also caused some drama in the dog world, but I don't think the general public ever found out too much about it.
I don't know what the dogs look on a daily basis, but the parents pictures look like healthy, groomed, vetted dogs. The pictures of the house and kennel look beautiful too.
Their contract also says that they will take back their dogs for life.... which is better than most, and it says for the purebreds sold with limited registration, that they must be spayed or neutered.
No one on here needs to agree that these are a 'good reputable breeder', but I would imagine that they DO keep things clean and sanatary there and I bet their dogs are fairly well cared for. I don't think that the today should would promote their dogs with out some one at least going there one time to check things out.
"JoanEK, for whatever sick reason you are all pro designer mutt, but lets ignore that for now."
I didn't see in Joans post where she said she was pro designer mutt, or anything close to that....did I miss that in another thread?
Let's keep the personal stuff out of it and just concentrate on what the intent of this thread is, because the main point is really important. Write letters, make phone calls, do whatever it takes to make sure that your point is driven home. It doesn't matter what THEY do...it's just that this is the second year they've done this in a row, and they're clearly not getting the point that they're encouraging people to pay astronomical prices for...mixed breeds that are already sitting homeless at shelters ALL OVER THE USA.
I did look at the MSNBC website, and while I appreciate that there was written mention of NY's local shelter, I don't feel that there was enough emphasis on it or any other shelter for that matter.
I did not see the show itself, was there verbal mentioning of shelters?
Maybe, if enough people say something, we can earn shelters a bit of well deserved attention and publicity, although I will say that I'm a bit wary of that so close to the holidays, because I'm afraid well meaning people will go out and adopt a homeless pet for Christmas and then change their minds...
WS: I'm sorry if I got on your last nerve. I was trying to say a letter-writing campaign might have the opposite of your intended effect, and tried to lay out how that might be. Regarding dogs, whatever their origins: I try to keep an open mind on some of these issues surrounding how they're bred. Barring overt cruelty and stupidity (if only I could), I think there's more gray area than you do. If that lands us on opposite sides of an uncrossable divide, my loss I'm sure.
Wow, no wonder they are so popluar. You see the "As seen on" with a list of how many shows they have slimed their way on? The only thing I saw that you fill out, is under "Home" Deposit Form.
You can see a picture of the kennel from afar....
A thousand + dollars for a puppy (nevermind a mixed breed that you can find in the paper or in a shelter) is crazy. They aren't even rare or difficult to find breeds.
They ask you to fill out the size, way of payment and what color/type of dog you want. They do not sell to people who smoke, need a dog flown, people with several kids or people who are gone for more the 4 hours a day.
I see nothing about health testing, or even asking why someone is interested in a breed.
Who cares if they are well groomed and taken care of. I am sure she can hire quite the staff to take care of that for her. It's all about the presentation.
Thanks Wandering, I wrote NBC and provided them with links. One of which, to the christmas puppy thread because there is a lot of good info and HONEST thoughts of breeders in there. Also provided them with a link of dogs in shelters being gassed/euthanised, puppymills and a lovely article on what it takes to be an ethical breeder.
lol check out under Misc. Stuff.....*poo news* Just in case this woman happens to show up, I am being very careful in my wording, but I will say that something stinks here lady.
Yah I just think it's ridiculous that they would stand there, beaming from ear to ear, glamorizing these mixed breeds that are going for $1500+ a piece, because these same dogs are sitting in shelters for less than $100, about to be put to death.
Give them as a gift!! Woot! Add another poor soul to the list of euthanized dogs.
It's irresponsible of a show with so many national viewers to do this.
They should do a full feature on shelters across the country...not just the ones in NY-so people in Georgia and Alabama and everywhere else see what's going on IN THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD, not just in some city that they'll likely never visit therefore they won't give two hoots about- and they should not only make a sizeable donation to numerous shelters but they should also have one of their big toy drives, only they should collect pet items for shelters.
They should create a page on their high traffic website, giving links and phone numbers to shelters across the states.
Can you imagine what that would do?
The really sad thing is that a network with so much clout like NBC really has the power to do something wonderful for all the animals on death row across the country...but what do they do?
The biggest reason that the kill rates are so high is because shelters aren't given the recognition and publicity that they should be. Everything is made all nice and fluffy, and the truth is made pretty and then shoved under a rug.
If some network had the balls to really do the right thing and inform people about what really goes on, and bring it up front and in your face, then maybe we'd see a rise in adoptions.
***Edited By: Lorrix on 12/13/2006 4:25:51 PM*** Reason: I like to edit.
check out adoption procedures under available. That's sad. And that was updated in 2005.
I am searching for a not so popular breed to add to my family in a few years. I have yet to even settle on a breeder or even touch a waiting list. It is a task that anyone has gone through it most likely will agree... proves that you need patience, education and time in looking for that new family member.