The `puppy trade'

The editorial "Clean Up the Puppy Trade," Dec. 7, reminds me of man's inhumanity to animals for the sake of a dollar. If 20,000 young dogs are shipped to Canada yearly, think of the millions of dogs that are rounded up by the Humane Society to be killed because they are not wanted.

We should be willing to support legislation to curtail this pet production. We should provide clinics to have pets spayed or neutered, along with funds for USDA-enforcement of the Amimal Welfare Act in research and breeder facilities. We could then stop this outrageous mass extermination. The cost of one would cancel out the cost of the other. If puppies were in shorter supply, they would be treated better. Afke L. Doran, Silverton, Ore.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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