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why is showing animals bad

mmas4

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I dont show animals and I dont want to, Im just wondering why its bad.
 
It encourages breeding; the animals are bred to have certain appearance traits which will win them prizes in shows.
 
I'm not a fan of animal showing either (for any kind of creature). Besides, I don't need a 'specialist' at a show to gell me my Guinea Pigs are beautiful - I already know they're perfect just the way they are! Big wobbly butts and everything! ;-)
 
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I believe that some animals enjoy shows...like dogs. Most dogs I see at shows really seem to be enjoying themselves. However most dogs are extroverts and they don;t get phased by crowds or strangers if they are used to it.

The shows I dont like are prey animal shows and cat shows. The animals usually seem stressed (which leads to illness and neurotic conditions). I have heard of instances at shows (reported straight from the breeders' mouths) of tragic mishandling which led to broken bones, accidental mixing of sexes leading to pregnant animals, transference of illnesses and parasites from handlers dealing with large numbers of animals and spectators poking at the animals and scaring them with loud noises and movements.

Showing also directly corresponds with breeding. Even if you have no intention of breeding your animal and it does well in a show the other participants encourage you to breed that animal. One exbreeder who was coerced into breeding her favorite sow lost her and all of the babies during the pregnancy.

Showing is all about breeding and breeding and breeding some more to get that one perfect animal. The one's that don't make the cut are sold cheap at the shows to anyone with money to buy or in back room deal to brokers and bunchers that supply petstores or laboratories.
 
I am very against showing/breeding primarily because both are all about in-breeding. You increase the likelihood of the expression of a particular genetic trait if you breed in one family, since the offspring will inherit a recessive gene if both parents have it. To get both parents to have it, they have to have had both their parents have it, etc. Most features selected for by breeders are recessive genes, rarer genes that are not usually conducive to survival. They affect appearance, which is why showers want them and breed for them. But unfortunately the way genetics works, genes affecting appearance are also typically linked to other more insidious traits that affect the health of the animal directly or indirectly.

Some breeds of dogs have been ruined by inbreeding. The breed became fashionable and showers/breeders bred for extreme traits that made the animal look interesting or cute, but at the same time made it difficult for the animal to live a long or healthy life.

I am glad to know VJ's information too because I did not know about the stress involved in cat and piggie shows and the other problems mentioned. Just more reasons to be against showing/breeding piggies.
 
I did not know any of the things mentioned. I am now against showing cats and prey animals. I didnt realize it was stressful and could cause problems for the animlas. I didnt even know about the breeding to get the perfect animal. Thanks for the replies.
 
Showing a pig would probably be extremely stressful for it.

For dogs...well, my grandfather is into showing, and when he gave me one of my dogs to be shipped from Wisconsin, one of the 'deals' were that I would show him. He enjoyed the show even though we didn't place because he was still young and that type of breed is very skinny under one year old. The only that I don't support is that the dogs can't be neutered/spayed (unless it is a junior, child's show) so that, in a way, is 'supportive' of breeding.

I have a horse, and I know that is extremely stressful for the horse because it is a new enviroment. I plan on doing a show once with my horse for the experience, but I do know that it is not the greatest thing for the animal because it is loud, noisy, and the horse is expected to perform at his top best. Of course, there are SOME horses that will do fine at shows; but normally they have been showing since they were foals (babies) and are used to it.

So, for Guinea Pigs, absolutely no. Not sure about cats, considering only my parents have had them, not me. (When they did, I was really little and the cat was older) I'm neutral about dogs and horses; at least in horses, it doesn't matter whether or not they are gelded (neutered) in most cases. (Females don't get spayed)
 
I dislike showing as well, but what I really hate is what this acquaintence of mine is doing. She's raising a lamb for the fair, and she'll knowingly sell it to someone just so it can be butchered. That's just horrible, to me. I could never bring myself to make a death sentence for anything.

What about the guinea pigs at the local fair? Is it ok to enjoy looking at them? I feel bad, sometimes, about observing them for some reason. :confused:
 
There was a 'cutest guinea-pig' contest at my local fair, which I had no problem with, but I failed the deadline. And i'm too old to enter next year. :(

Showing is linked to breeding.

Then there's Koi showing, which has to do with fish breeding, which i'm not sure can be controlled.
 
I have a horse, and I know that is extremely stressful for the horse because it is a new enviroment. I plan on doing a show once with my horse for the experience, but I do know that it is not the greatest thing for the animal because it is loud, noisy, and the horse is expected to perform at his top best. Of course, there are SOME horses that will do fine at shows; but normally they have been showing since they were foals (babies) and are used to it.
I also have a horse and I do not think it is stressful at all it gives us a chance to work as a team and builds trust.When I started showing her she hadn't been shown for her whole life (14 years) and she does great at shows. She gets excited and has fun. Of course I don't ask her for more than I know she can do and I don't get angry when we don't win I just love to have fun. I know it is not stressful for her because she naps between our classes and acts just like she does at home. I don't think all animal showing is bad just certain types and what is expected of the animals and how there treated. Of course showing the animal depends on their temperament and species but I would never say it is all bad
 
I also have a horse and I do not think it is stressful at all it gives us a chance to work as a team and builds trust.When I started showing her she hadn't been shown for her whole life (14 years) and she does great at shows. She gets excited and has fun. Of course I don't ask her for more than I know she can do and I don't get angry when we don't win I just love to have fun. I know it is not stressful for her because she naps between our classes and acts just like she does at home. I don't think all animal showing is bad just certain types and what is expected of the animals and how there treated. Of course showing the animal depends on their temperament and species but I would never say it is all bad

Like I said, not all horses get stressed. But many do. My horse would probably be one of them; then again, maybe not, because I trail ride him a lot. I've known many horses that have been so stressed to the point of throwing off their riders. Stress isn't good on a horse, because it can cause an ulcer. (My horse got an ulcer from being moved to a different barns)

I dislike showing as well, but what I really hate is what this acquaintence of mine is doing. She's raising a lamb for the fair, and she'll knowingly sell it to someone just so it can be butchered. That's just horrible, to me. I could never bring myself to make a death sentence for anything.

I know how you feel. I know someone who showed a cow and then sold it to the slaughter for profit. It was a baby, too :(
 
I dislike showing as well, but what I really hate is what this acquaintence of mine is doing. She's raising a lamb for the fair, and she'll knowingly sell it to someone just so it can be butchered. That's just horrible, to me. I could never bring myself to make a death sentence for anything.

While I understand what you're saying, what your acquaintance is doing is much less cruel than the far more common alternative (being raised for slaughter under factory farming conditions).

If you're a leather-wearing meat eater (no criticism - I am) you're making death sentences for animals all the time.
 
Well, like the other said showing encourages breeding.
And another reason why I don't like showing (no offense to the showing people) is they classified pets based on their appearances, it feels like when people told you that you're ugly because you're fat. And sometimes some people would be really upset to their pets when their pets lost the show (I know some people who think that way), and I wonder how can they enjoy having the pets if the trophies are what they have in mind. Knowing my pet characters and learn about them are so much interesting to me. So what if I have a mix breed pets, they're so much cute than your winning pets. :)
 
I realize this is slightly old.

I am an avid horseback rider. I train at a show barn. Here in the United States, horse shows are more of a business than a sport. Its all about who can afford the best. Same goes with showing. Who can attend and win the most. Ive shown many horses. Some love it, others are terrifed. Its up to the owner of the animal to be intelligent. I mean dont get me wrong I have seen neglet and abuse, but for the most part all the horses are taken care of extremely well.
 
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