“Animals are not a commodity”, says the Animalist Collective

“They are in the wrong fight”

Buying a “living being” is the aspect that makes many people react. Still, it all seems to be a matter of perspective. While protesters see it as an attack on the animal, some breeders consider the claims unfounded. Hugues, who has been in the business for forty-six years, does not mince his words. “We have always bought pets. Why today would it be politically incorrect? I don’t see why I shouldn’t have the right to sell the fruit of my labor, to live from my breeding in the same way as cattle, rabbits or sheep. And then look, do these puppies look unhappy? »

An animal can be adopted, it cannot be bought, even if there is financial compensation behind it”

For Kevin Blaison, manager of Events’com, the demonstrators “are in the wrong fight”. “Fortunately there are associations in France to give certain animals a chance. But there should be no confrontations between our two circles. The organizer emphasizes animal welfare. “We have a database of around 300 breeders. Before taking them, we check their legal documents, we find out about them, we contact the structures concerned to find out what they think about them…”

A practical solution

On the one hand, a collective that is rising up, on the other breeders who are defending themselves. Between the two, a public, sometimes conscious, sometimes not. Should we adopt or rather buy? For Kevin Blaison, these are two sides of the same coin. “An animal can be adopted, it cannot be bought, even if there is financial compensation behind it. »

In any case, faced with very often practical imperatives, the choice is quickly made by visitors. “Their demands stand up. There is no doubt about it. Afterwards, the problem is that in the shelters we don’t always find the breed we want”, points out Alain when looking for a Maltese Bichon for his daughter. To this problem, Sandra Doignon, from the Animalist Collective, calls for “taking your time”. “You shouldn’t be in a hurry. We can wait and perhaps expand our research, not stop at a particular breed. »

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