Dog ownership (or pet ownership in general)
After reading the above, I wondered what the opinion of others would be on dog ownership. I have long held the belief that it is simply too easy to get a dog (or any other pet for that matter) which in turn IMHO can lead to the levels of irresponsibility that are seen with strays, abandoned animals, mistreated animals and vicous breeds (maybe its just me but I see no reason to wish to own a pit bull other than for its reputation).
I know there are many responsible owners who care for and cherish the companionship of their dog and such measures may make it more difficult for them to get dog, but I suspect they might share my sentiments.
I personally don't like the industry of dog breeding simply for profit, (kennels and the like) but I particularly don't agree that anyone can breed a dog and sell the pups to whoever has the cash. I would like to see careful regulation, restriction of breeds, compulsory chipping AND neutering of all dogs sold to the general public. I know that sounds pretty extreme but cannot see any other solution to the problem.