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Letters from the Front Line:Christopher: > For over a century, it has been illegal to abuse animals. It’s illegal to beat dogs, cats, horses, cattle, etc. because it causes suffering. Qualzucht causes suffering every bit as real as beating. You’re preaching...Gaddy Bergmann: I’m all for libertarianism when it comes to victimless actions among adults (smoking pot, consensual sex, etc). But we’re talking about actions that create victims here, in this case, non-human victims. Two...Christopher: You’re surprised? Perhaps because you’ve failed to pick up the overwhelming libertarian ethic of my philosophy. There’s a wide difference between morality and legislation. I don’t confuse the two....AmericanLion: I’m surprised to see that you’re critical of laws against qualzucht (torture-breeding). Intentionally breeding domestic wolves (dogs) to have flat faces, dwarfed legs, long backs, droopy ears, sagging eyes,...Gaddy Bergmann: Yep, genetics matters. Dogs bred to fight are more likely to be aggressive toward humans, dogs, and other animals. Sure, how you raise an intelligent creature does matter. And sure, there are exceptions out there. But as...Leucas: The “play face” is indeed, the most similar to my observations. But your description of the “play face” misses a whole segment of circumstances of WHEN I observe the behavior. The dogs in whom I observe...Christopher: I think you forgot to read the paragraph I wrote about “Play Face.”Christopher: Mixes are not the issue. Spending time in Canine Auschwitz is the issue. Rescue dogs are damaged goods. Some more than others, but it’s not at all just limited to aggression, although that is an issue especially...AmericanLion: So rescues are damaged goods? Hardly. Unless they have a specifically aggressive temperament mixed in (pit bull, dachshund, chihuahua, gray wolf, etc), mixes are just as sound as any purebred, and depending on the job...AmericanLion: I’ve seen a handful of aggressive border collies. In each case, they were backyard dogs that barked at people and dogs walking by, and tried to bite through or under the fence. As you said, part of this is natural...Christopher: > A reputable breeder would not breed merle to merle Nonsense. The breeders profiled here have tons of reputation. They just don’t have tons of ethics or good sense. > Personally, I hate all breeders. With the number...
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Border Collie owner, breeder and enthusiast. Dog breeder liaison for Genoscoper's MyDogDNA testing platform. Breeding ethics consultant for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumble segment, "Unnatural Selection." Thought leader and advocate for the modernization and elevation of animal husbandry focusing on science-based information dissemination, advancing genetics appreciation, and placing ethics above tradition.
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