Features August 2013 Issue

A Field Guide to Ethical Breeders

It’s not terribly impressive for puppies to have grandparents or great-grandparents who were “Grand Champions” or qualified at some canine job. Instead, look for puppies from accomplished parents. Bred by and photo by B.J. Apostol, Seawind Bull Terriers.

A Field Guide to Ethical Breeders

And how to detect the profiteers and puppymillers who wear the costume.

You are a conscientious and skeptical consumer. Whenever you have a choice, you buy quality products that are made to last, by manufacturers who take good care of their workers and the environment, who are mindful of safety, who stand behind their products, and generally follow the best practices to produce them sustainably and ethically. Since you invest more in each purchase, you also invest more in caring for that purchase, whether by maintaining a pricey hand-crafted tool or carefully cooking that expensive local grass-fed steak.
You know that by taking extra care, you not only meet high ethical standards, you get a better product for you. Who wants a bunch of shiny junk that will break and end up in a landfill, with the seller gone as soon as your payment clears? Not you.

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