torq: If all you had seen were wolves, and you really liked wolves, and one day someone put up a web site with a picture of a chihuahua (or a pug or a peke) on it and said “We got this by selective breeding, starting with wolves” you’d probably have about the same reaction (shoot, I have about that reaction to chihuahuas and pekes NOW).
Well, yeah, I guess I would, if that level of difference could be generated in a few generations. But a chihuahua is still a functional creature; it can still run and hunt if it needed to.
Breeding for general appearance (color, hair quality, shape), intelligence, and temperment is acceptable. When we needed dogs to work for us (like sheep dogs, terriers, St. Bernards, retrievers), breeding those dogs who best performed in their given fields was a smart thing to do to get better offspring.
But to intentionally breed out a necessary body part (how long do you think a “twisty cat” would survive in the wild?) is plain monstrous.
A previous version of her web site (that I couldn’t recall, which is why I brought up this topic) showed a lot more cats that were much more disabled than just the one white cat on the page now. Basically, she removed the more offensive pictures to appease anyone who came across the page.