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The Man Who Created Labradoodles Calls It His “Big Regret”

Wally Conron revealed that whenever he encounters a labradoodle in the wild, he silently inspects it for defects.

Labradoodles creator reckons he made a terrible decision

Philosopher David Benatar is becoming increasingly well-known for a controversial position: namely, that being born is a bad thing. According to Benatar, life is a trauma; an evil shame that potential people should be spared from in the way that you’d stop an innocent child about to wander into a minefield.

Well, turns out that Benatar is not alone in holding that view. But his ethos is not only being shared by fellow philosophers, but also by an Australian man named Wally Conron, most famous for creating the labradoodle.

Yep, in a recent interview on the ABC’s Sum Of All Parts podcast, Conron set the record straight: he thinks that by creating the first labradoodle, he “opened a Pandora’s box and released a Frankenstein’s monster.” According to the man, the dogs would have been better off never being born at all.

Which is wild shit, hey! I mean, I understand that being in your twilight years means looking back on your past decisions critically. But sitting in a chair, ruminating on creating the labradoodle, and deciding that you have done something actively evil sounds like an ironic fate best suited for the world’s most fucked-up horror movie.

Worse still, Conron’s reason for concern sounds pretty accurate.

He reckons that by creating a designer dog breed, he released “a reason for these unethical, ruthless people” to “breed these” extremely cute, extremely fluffy dogs “for big bucks.”

“That’s my big regret,” he said.

In fact, the interview goes into even darker territory. Apparently Conron is so haunted by his biggest achievement that whenever he sees a labradoodle, he silently examines them for defects, checking for “hip dysplasia” and “elbow problems.” Conron did not explain what the dogs’ owners do while he conducts these checks.

“The biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem,” Conron says.

“But I do see some damn nice labradoodles … But they are few and far between.”

Look upon his works, ye almighty, and despair.


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