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  • When marriage leads to inbreeding

    In his letter of May 26, writer Mel Wolf questions why marriage between same-sex couples should be allowed while marriage between two siblings is not. The answer is, in a word, inbreeding. When two individuals with a common ancestor, i.e., a parent, reproduce, the probability of their children having congenital birth defects or a major disability skyrockets. This is also true of the offspring of two cousins, but to a lesser degree.
  • Council will vote on puppy sales ban

    Puppy mill prisons came into existence soon after World War I when farmers had lost most of their crops to drought. The farmers simply used their chicken coops and rabbit hutches for the dogs. Today, puppy mills are overseen by the United States...

    Stores shouldn't sell milled puppies

    I live in Burbank and would like to see pet stores stop selling breed-for-profit, milled animals. This would not cause businesses to close but rather change to a more progressive, humane store model. Puppies sold from pet stores come from puppy mills, or...

    The problem with puppy mill puppies

    I used to sell puppy mill puppies at my store. I would get them at 8 weeks old because that is when they are cutest. I found out later that to get puppies by that age, they had to have been taken from their moms by 4 to 6 weeks old, before having...

    Ready for the ride of her life

    Ready for the ride of her life
    LOS ANGELES — Kristina Harrison received a gift from her daughter prior to the biggest competition of her life. Taking part in the dressage equestrian event at the 2003 Pan American Games as a member of the Team U.S.A., Harrison carried with her...