Heather, I agree with the part on the backlash it just isn't worth setting the hobby back a little bit when it is avoidable.
Dogs and cats were used as hunters and mouse catchers long before they were pets and it just grew like that.
I would actually feel better if I happened to die and someone put me to good use. Feed me to the crocs at the zoo. Might aswell let my body be with what I love then in the ground.