all the press, the Internet and animal protests that go on, it is amazing
at how many people have not yet heard about puppy mills. People go streaming
into local mall pet shop where precious faces look at you from behind a
glass cage. The public, for the most part, is completely oblivious
as to the history behind these puppies. They only see happy, playful
puppies whose only desire is to get some attention from anyone who walks
into their little area.
These little guys are then handed to a person who seems to be interested in hopes that the person will succumb to the emotional strings that get pulled when anyone holds a little pup in their hands.
The hardest thing to do at this point is to walk away. How can you not think of that cute face, those little kisses, that wiggle waggle of a tail going as fast as it can. How can you hand it back? Your brain thinks, "should I do this, should I buy this puppy" as the store clerk tells you all the options of financing, the puppy's AKC registration and the fact that it came from a "local breeder" who specializes in quality dogs. The unsuspecting person believes all of this and while holding the pup rationalizes "why" they should buy it.
Now, before we go any further, we all know this is not how you buy a dog, on impulse, but, putting that aside, let's look at what has just happened. Joe Q. Public has just enriched the commercial dog breeding business by purchasing a pup that was born in a mill. That leaves a new slot open and one more pup is now needed to replace the one that is going to their new home. The cycle continues.
We are very concerned about how animals are being considered as a commodity, whether it's our beloved breed, or any other animal. Inhumane tactics and conditions are constantly being subjected to those defenseless animals that cannot fend for themselves or change their conditions. Please, let's fight for more humane treatment, stricter law enforcement and heavy fines for those facilities or people who do not comply with the laws that are already defined in these areas. Best of all, if we could, as a group of caring and compassionate people, educate all that are unaware of these conditions, teach and bring forth these issues to make a move towards shutting down these less than scrupulous people.
Please read the articles listed in the column to the right
under to learn more about puppy mills.
list of publications and articles on who needs
licensing and who is licensed. Guidelines for all animals handling and
the Animal Welfare Act.