Whoopi Goldberg: “It’s My Right to Buy a Dog”

… instead of adopting.

Yes, you know the issue.

There are crapload of dogs in shelters.

And there are even more dogs coming out of puppy mills that actually profit from them.

Adopting a dog is the right thing to do.

Buying a dog only helps the puppy mills’ bottom line.

But Whoopi feels differently:

You don’t know what you’re getting when you get a pookie-dingle-doodle from the pound

… (not) knowing what you are buying when you buy a purebred

Of course, the media had a hay-day with this.

For example, the Hollywood Dog blog wrote:

She was saying that when you get a pound dog, you might be in for problems, like you might get stuck with a dog who has respiratory problems because of a genetic malformation.

Or worse, you might get stuck with a mutt.

Whoopi, with all due respect, YOU are a mutt.

And you, yourself, don’t come from some fancy breeder and you look like you might have less than perfect genes, like most of us.

I would think that someone like you, who has a lot in common with us pound dogs, someone who has been through hard times and overcome those hard times, would be a little more understanding of what it means to come from the wrong side of the tracks.

Yeah, you DO have the right to buy a dog.

But does that make it right?

You know, people had the right to buy slaves in this country too but it wasn’t right.

I know you don’t want to be told what to do.

As a rebuttal, Whoopi later said:

“Pet Store Issue-we discussed one state that wanted to close all pet stores.

I have friends who own pet stores; they love their animals and insure their health and well being.

Mills should be shut down.

All agree but don’t paint everyone with the same brush.

That was my point.”

This isn’t the first time Whoopi was in trouble with dog issues.

In 2007, when Michael Vick was charged with animal cruelty (dog fighting), Whoopi said:

He’s from the South, from the Deep South … This is part of his cultural upbringing.

For a lot of people, dogs are sport.

Instead of just saying Vick is a beast and he’s a monster, this is a kid who comes from a culture where this is not questioned.

Of course, were people mad At Whoopi?

You betcha.

But Whoopi clarifies:

Here are some questions for you readers.

  1. Is Whoopi truly the anti-dog devil or is she misunderstood?
  2. Was she truly wrong, or was she persecuted for exercising her freedom of speech and pursuit of happiness?

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  • Diane Hajek Mason

    I think that Whoopi should educate herself about the puppymill problem in America, especially in Amish country in Pennsylvania. Then, she might think differently about pet stores.

  • BJ

    Whoopi should just keep her mouth shut!

  • Sondra

    I am a Whoopi fan. She is very funny. Having said that I do not agree with her point of view and I hope that does not mean that she would buy a puppy or any animal from a mill. I honestly think mills are a big problem in this world. There is enough problems with animal abuse from owners(who should never own a pet to begin with)and we don’t need people making a profit from these horrid places! I am sure Whoppi is not the kind of person to encourage such behavior!

  • Zoe

    Why can’t people listen properly and who says Whoopi is wrong she has a right to her thoughts and views as we all do everyone needs to lighten up. I love dogs up until recently 3 of them an Irishwolf hound a german shepherd cross and the cutest shitzu mix. My dear wolfy died 4 months ago at the ripe old age of 10 years old.

    Anyway all I want to say is will people stop turning what people say around to suit their views JUST LISTEN and make up your own mind don’t be influenced by lies and hear say!!!

    I think your marvelous Whoopi always have!!

  • Holly Krantz

    Whoopi has stuck her big foot in her big mouth on more than a few occasions. But, the puppy store vs. the shelter is in my opinion a topic she was way wrong on as well. The Michael Vick topic was another. She is of the same mindset of the people that operate the mills as far as I’m concerned. If she doesn’t see a problem here !!

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