Official statement of the American Shetland Sheepdog Association (ASSA)
People and dogs share a deep and abiding bond. Selective breeding has produced a wonderful diversity of well over one hundred specialized breeds which benefit people in a host of economic and emotional ways. We deepen that bond by competing with our dogs in conformation shows, agility, herding, and obedience. ASSA supports humane treatment for all dogs, education, voluntary spay/neuter for non-breeding animals, genetic research, and ethical breeding practices, including health screenings, which mean longer, happier, healthier lives for dogs.
ASSA opposes the most radical portions of the agendas of groups such as HSUS and PETA. These agendas are not intended solely to promote the welfare of dogs, but seek to bestow on them rights, in some cases equivalent to those of human beings. They want to ban breeding of all domesticated animals, including purebred dogs.
Join us in fighting radical animal rights legislation!
Issued by the ASSA Board of Directors on March 10, 2009
by Betty Jo McKinney and Barabar Rieseberg
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