Designer Dogs: An Exposé Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding by Madeline Bernstein
Madeline Bernstein’s new book, Designer Dogs: An Exposé Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding, with foreword by Dr. Phil McGraw, exposes the dangers of forced breeding or genetic engineering to create smaller, funnier, and more Instagram-worthy dogs. Bernstein illuminates a culture’s obsession with new types of dogs that leads to shorter life spans for dogs, grave health concerns, and even the extinction of some dog breeds. Bernstein poses the question: If you really love dogs, why would you accept the horrific practices employed by domestic puppy mills, backyard breeders, and international dog traffickers to fulfill demand for these so-called “designer dogs.” Bernstein also discusses what happens to “designer dogs” when they are no longer wanted and their impact on the already over-burdened shelter population across the United States. The book leaves readers with solutions to these problems which include education, law enforcement, ending the demand for “designer dogs”, and celebrating and adopting shelter dogs.
Madeline Bernstein is the President of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). A frequent speaker and commentator on issues relating to animal welfare, ethics, and law enforcement, she advocates for humane treatment and respect for animals.