As a livestock breeder, I completely understand and support culling. And as much as I love my cows, we are in it for the money, as well as bettering the breed, therefore I have to cull a cow when she does not have a good enough calf, or breed back soon enough, as well as when they have problems.
Originally Posted by thekimballs
How about if I have a puppy born with megaesophagus--will you tube feed it from birth, then put a g-button in and liquid-feed it for the rest of its life until it inevitably dies young from aspiration pneumonia?
I just have to tell you, I have neighbors and good friends that were a 1 litter a year backyard breeder (not puppy mill) of Mini schnauzers. 7 years ago they had a litter and lost 3 of the 7 pups, of the 3 remaining, 2 were doing well, and one was not. They took her to the Vet School (about an hour away), and she was diagnosed with megaesophagus (and most likely the pups that died did as well). They had the bitch fixed (it was her 5 or 6th litter), and kept the pup. She is not a little over 7 and very spoiled, but does require a lot of special care - frequent liquid feeds and being held upright for 20 min after, ect.
This is not to prove that culling should not happen, I just wanted to show Joanna that although it is usually fatal, it is not always.