This past session, the Texas Legislature, or "The Lege" as my college prof called it, passed H.B. 2328. This bill amended the animal cruelty statute. I'm working on a paper about this new statute, so I'm trying to keep up with current events in animal law. All that to justify this: I ran across an article from PETA entitled Uninvited Guests at the Westminster Dog Show. In case you're lazy, the uninvited guests are holding up signs accusing breeders of destroying the chances of shelter animals.
I'm not going to tell you to go vegetarian or that animals have the same rights as humans. But if you're in the market for a puppy or a kitten, give your local shelter a chance. I did it a few years ago, and I haven't looked back.