Interesting debate.

Via the Animal Law Update blog, "Thoughts about the NY Times 'The Ethicist's' Response to the Question: 'Is It OK to Get a Dog From a Breeder, Not a Shelter?'"

I think this is a question where strong, well-reasoned cases can be made for both sides (in fact, I've gotten dogs both ways), and I certainly am not presenting this as the be-all, end-all answer. If you're in the position of the individual writing the question, it's absolutely worth doing some research before you decide one way or another.

(cartoon is from the New York Times article)