People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is urging animal rights activists to protest an upcoming new series on Animal Planet, “That’s My Baby.” The show will focus on baby animals and has been soliciting animal breeders in some parts of the country for stories. According to a press release,
The proposed TV series… will undoubtedly lead people to buy or breed animals, at the expense of the millions of homeless animals who are euthanized in shelters every year. Instead of glorifying irresponsible breeding, Animal Planet should discourage breeding at all levels. Please don’t let unfortunate dogs and cats die for Animal Planet’s TV ratings.
If the focus of the show is going to be on small breeders there is plenty of evidence that animals purchased from such breeders are far less likely to end up abandoned than are animals obtained in other ways (such as from a retail outlet or from a friend or neighbor trying to unload an unwanted animal).
Animal Planet Irresponsibly Promotes Breeding While Millions of Homeless Animals Die. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Press Release, June 2001.