In many years in Europe there is a glut of tomatoes on the market and thousands of tonnes are dumped into landfill. Can you imagine if some of the farmers ran around trying to prove that it isn’t their tomatoes, but someone elses that are dumped??
Witness this message from “Freedom Kennels” to one of our readers, and our reply below ( And no, we didn’t get a reply):
From Freedom Kennels to Deborah W, December 4 , 2008
“Afternoon, we get a lot of emails like yours and that’s fine – freedom of speech etc. But speech without knowledge is a sad state of affairs and as with all the other people we hear form i will offer to pay your airfare to come and visit perhaps you will be the first to do so. We don’t sell our retired dogs we desex them and find them good homes while they are young enough to enjoy a long family life. Usually they go to families that have offspring. Having had many death threats this week I am so over the mentality of some so called lovers of animals. Perhaps instead of being driven by pedigree breeders with a vested interest in putting us out of business, someone should look into their breeding practices as I have seen some rather horrible conditions when i have bought dogs to breed with.
Valda Geeves, Freedom Kennels.”
“Good morning Valda
I am sorry that you are getting death threat messages – that is not anything we endorse.
But it does show how deeply some people feel about the pet overpopulation problem and the contribution created by pet shops, back yard breeders and “mass-production” breeders such as yourselves.
We work towards removing the causes of the over-population problem which means death for many thousands of healthy animals, probably some of yours as well.
It is good that you desex your ‘retired dogs’ – that is responsible. It’s the huge number of un-desexed dogs that you , and other similar kennel operations put into the market that are the problem however.
You may be unaware that in NSW alone we manage to kill around 60,000 healthy cats and dogs a year?; across Australia the number is around a quarter of a million. It’s a disgrace.
You would understand that it is a supply and demand issue – the demand is not there to meet the supply from operations like yours and the pet shops and internet marketing operations you serve.
In your note, you seek to deflect attention from yourselves onto the bad conditions of some of the pedigree breeders. There are some shocking situations out there, and make no mistake, we will deal with them as well.
But my colleague’s message was about YOUR operation, so let’s stay focused on that.
Valda, can you explain why you think every vested interest in this supply chain says: “It’s not us, it’s someone else”. The registered pedigree breeders say “It’s not us – its someone else”. The Pet shops say “It’s not us – its someone else”. And now you have joined them – ‘It’s not us!”
I see you are offering people the opportunity to come and visit you? No doubt they would see a well run operation that satisfies the 5 basic freedoms for dogs.
And so you should; public opinion and pressure have forced mass breeding operators to sharpen their act to the benefit of the animals. That is good.
But the point of contacting you is not about how well you look after your animals – it’s what happens to them after they leave you.
How many dogs do you sell into the market? In Australia? Overseas? And do you know what happens to them after they have left you? I’ll bet you have no idea.
How many of your dogs end up in deathrow in some pound after they have been dumped? ( I know,…… “It’s not us, it’s the pet shops who sell them to the public that should take responsibility for them, or the owners”)
Valda, let’s do a deal – I’ll visit your operation at Freedom ( – pay my own way even!). Your side of the deal is to spend a half day at Doggy Rescue in Sydney helping to rehome some of the 40 or 50 dogs you’ll find there ( all saved by Rescue from Pounds) and then to join me at one of the pounds where we’ll organise for you to help out whilst they euthenase a half dozen healthy dogs that no one wants.
Here is a recent picture from Doggy Rescue: Any of these yours Valda? Anyway, let me know what you think of our little deal.
Whether you accept or not, please be comforted in the knowledge that someone else is out there clearing up the mess created by the mass breeders, backyard breeders, indiscriminate breeders and pet shops: the tax payer, the rescue workers and pound volunteers, and the euthanasia technicians and vets who do the killing.
Yours sincerely, Deathrowpets”
Of course we never got a reply. We learnt recently that the marketing manager of Dogs NSW is enaged in a mission to ask pounds how many dogs they get that are purebreeds – we can only anticipate that it’s in an effort to be able to say “No, its not us, ……it’s someone else……”
Anyone ( that is Anyone) who breeds, or sells or markets on behalf of a breeder or seller must accept that they are part of the suppy chain in companion animals. They cannot deny that. Currently there exists an imbalance – there are too many animals for too few homes. Too many are bred – not enough homes. The main “supply side” organised groups ie PIAA, Dogs NSW, (supported byVeterinary Association of NSW and NSW Depratment of Prinmary Industries) , all say “It’s not us….”. They all complain about the Bill, complain about the call for the inquiry, but have done NOTHING we can see to sort out the imbalance. Why is that?
What are your thoughts on this subject – their efforts to out the blame on “someone else?