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It is my understanding the "contentiousness" from the HSUS/Animal Rights/Animal Welfare groups is more about concerns regarding the higher risk of genetic health problems which results from inbreeding of purebred dogs rather than the pet overpopulation problem.

And yes, since there has historically been a huge problem with inbreeding in show dogs, humane societies, animal rights and animal welfare groups around the world are trying to get the word out about these genetic concerns. They DO have lots of scientific data to back up their concerns.

If anyone is interested in reading some genetic studies about the risks of inbreeding in purebred dogs, PM me and I'll send you some links. I have everything from easy to read to more scientific studies with advanced genetic terminology.

Here's an article straight from the HSUS. (There's four parts to the article):

The Purebred Paradox : The Humane Society of the United States
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