For me “responsible breeder” is an oxymoron. To PETA it is also an oxymoron. To many other people it is not. An oxymoron, as you might know, is when two words are used together which are contradictory. The point that PETA would make is that it is impossible to be a responsible breeder because there are unwanted cats at rescue centres. If you breed cats you remove cat adopters from the cat rescue market because some of these people will buy purebred cats rather than adopt rescue cats. This outcome means that breeders are irresponsible if you are concerned about animal welfare. All of us should be concerned about animal welfare. It’s our duty.
For that reason alone breeders can’t be responsible. If you choose to ignore the thought of saving the lives of rescue cats and dogs, “responsible breeder” means a breeder who breeds healthy, well socialised animals under excellent conditions highly suited to the animals. This almost never happens because the conditions under which cats are bred are hardly ever ideal from the cat’s perspective. A lot of breeders keep their breeding cats in cages. And cat breeders focus on appearance sometimes with distinct and known health problems e.g. Persian flat-face.
Anyway, that really isn’t the point of this short article. The point is that to me and PETA, breeders can’t be responsible and therefore the phrase “responsible breeder” is an oxymoron.
I don’t think that I have an extreme viewpoint. I don’t think PETA’s viewpoint is extreme either. It is common sense. It is impossible to justify breeding cats when completely healthy and beautiful unwanted cats are being killed at rescue centres under the euphemism “euthanasia”.
For this reason there should be a law banning cat and dog breeders. It’ll never happen because such a law would be considered far too harsh and an unfair restriction on human freedoms and commercial acitivity. Lawmaking is a huge compromise and laws (in statutes) are heavily watered down to accommodate everybody’s viewpoint. Perhaps laws should reflect commonsense arguments and animal welfare and should not take into account commercial aspects when a business or practice lacks common sense and is fundamentally inhumane. I’m dreaming.