TIERethik - Zeitschrift zur Mensch-Tier-Beziehung


Cruel breeds – Why we let our pets suffer
Christoph Jung & Daniela Pörtl

Only we humans select traits by breeding that cause suffering to animals. And our pets, the animals we are emotionally most attached Qualzucht – warum wir unsere Lieblinge quälen to, suffer the most. Instead of protecting them, we allow their breeding to promote those features that cause them pain and suffering. We even finance cruel breeding. Despite all the efforts of animal protection: Cruel breeds have never been as popular as they are now. This contradiction leads to the fundamental problem of our estrangement from nature and non-human animals. We are torn between true emotional attachment, especially to our dogs, on the one side, and a view of animals in general, but also of our pets, as merchandise, consumer goods, extended ego, on the other. We find one root of this double standard in livestock farming, which is built on breaching the trust of animals in us. Real partnership with our dogs frees not only our four-legged friends from the burden of cruel breeding; for us it is a step back towards a unity with nature and peace with ourselves.

Keywords: breeding, cruel breeds, estrangement, double standards