Dogs as guinea pigs in quest for genetic perfection

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

When mutant, muscle-bound puppies started showing up in litters of champion racing whippets, the breeders of the normally sleek dogs invited scientists to take DNA samples at race meets across the country.
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Celia McCulty

Denver, CO

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Jun 12, 2007
 
I hate people who experiment with animals in any way. I despise breeders who destroy animals who weren't born exactly as they think they should be, just to make money. I have a Basenji reject I found in a shelter and she is the sweetest animal you can imagine. I've had at least 15 dogs in my 65 years, some of them pedigree dogs but I never paid for one. I took them from people who were taking them to shelters, off the streets as strays, out of shelters, etc. If those people who are breeding more dogs for money would take a couple who are already here, we wouldn't have so many in shelters or put down or killed in the streets. I think breeding and puppy mills should be outlawed and if someone wanted a dog they would have to take a choice of what is already here. Of course, there are people who consider themselves too good for a stray but believe it or not, they give the same love and have the same feelings and are so grateful fo the home you give them. Try it, you might like it!!!!!!!!!!
Dog Lover

United States

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Jun 12, 2007
 
I own a gene-altered Shetland Sheepdog.

The breeder/lab is trying to develop a 100% white shetland sheepdog. They give the imperfections away to dog lovers, so I got one from a Sheltie Rescue group.

Her rib cage is deformed, too large. And she has one brown eye, one blue eye. Plus a LOT of white fur, mixed with browns and tans, but she is a beautiful and happy dog. Not a care in the world. She loves life, loves people, and loves to be rubbed.
Native Floridian

Louisville, KY

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Jun 12, 2007
 
This is a sick practice People who do this should not be aloud to own much less breed dogs, I have a dog rescued from a puppy mill he is such a sweet little baby.These people need to be stopped!!! Go get em PETA.
DRS

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Jun 12, 2007
 
USE ALL THE POLITICANS INSTEAD
hmmm

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Jun 12, 2007
 
isnt this what was done to humans by that maniac hitler?
looks like we have a DR MENGLE of the dog world in out presence. isnt that comforting?
lmb

Deerfield Beach, FL

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Jun 12, 2007
 
leave nature alone you freaks!!!!

“"Man Bites Dog"”

Since: Dec 06

The Moon & Other Planets

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#7
Jun 13, 2007
 
Wow, this is wrong. I am forever protecting the Pit Bull breed from people wanting to ban the breed. My point is that it is not the breed but the owner and the training. If this group of Bio-Twisting nuts have their way it soon will be the breed and not the people.
rachelle

Camberwell, Australia

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Aug 12, 2007
 
i love animals and i have
2 horses
4 cats
2 dogs and i love all those nimals and every day animals and wild animals and i love animals
rachelle

Camberwell, Australia

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Aug 12, 2007
 
ANIMALS ROCK
klaus kaczor

Vancouver, Canada

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Aug 12, 2007
 
I got the impression they were passionate but feel that their passion could be better directed.
Absolutely the wrong target. why not focus on the owners/prospective buyers?
Sadly no one paid any attention to them , except the police and they were smart enough to leave them alone .
I got the impression that they enjoyed wearing balaclavas and camo-fatigues as much as they cared about animals.
rachelle

Australia

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Aug 12, 2007
 
i love animals

“Smile...It Catches On !”

Since: Dec 06

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Aug 12, 2007
 
DRS wrote:
USE ALL THE POLITICANS INSTEAD
LOL ! Good Idea !
klaus kaczor

Vancouver, Canada

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Aug 12, 2007
 
o2bndisney wrote:
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LOL ! Good Idea !
Might not get good results though.

They would never be honest, or consistent, when tested!
rachelle

Windsor, Australia

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Aug 13, 2007
 
klaus kaczor wrote:
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Might not get good results though.
They would never be honest, or consistent, when tested!
i think you right

“Smile...It Catches On !”

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Aug 13, 2007
 
klaus kaczor wrote:
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Might not get good results though.
They would never be honest, or consistent, when tested!
How true! LOL

I am not a believer in all this, but the thought, that mixing up some DNA could change something/someone
made me laugh when I saw that post and then made me think " Well heck, that might be real nice"......LOL
Deb

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Feb 1, 2012
 
If those people who are breeding more dogs for money would take a couple who are already here, we wouldn't have so many in shelters or put down or killed in the streets. I think breeding and puppy mills should be outlawed and if someone wanted a dog they would have to take a choice of what is already here.

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