The Real Victim Isn’t the Puppy Mill
Seems to me, regardless of any organization here, the Victims are the Animals themselves. The animals are the ones forced to live much of their lives in tiny or overcrowded cages, the animals are the ones who are dying or starving, sick and in need of medical care, facing euthanasia, etc. It is not puppy mills who are the victims, not the Humane Society, the USDA, or any other organization.
To claim human suffering related to animal welfare campaigns is so outrageously selfish it is pathetic. There are no ‘human victims’ of animal rights. If that were the case, they would be called ‘human rights’.
Here, ‘VAR’ states “Without Breeders, our future generations will not have access to the dogs and breeds we love” (HSUS Lies).Well, let me point out:
1. Grey wolves nearly became extinct prior to 1900 due to hunting; now, over 100 years later, they very much still exist and their numbers are beginning to bounce back.
2. There are two types of breeders, those devoted to preserving the bloodlines, and those devoted to selling animals for profit. Considering Freeman Farms is a profit driven business, he likely falls under the second category.
3. Considering the vast animal population and pet industry expansion throughout recent history, future generations are in no way facing a lack of access to ‘breeds we love’. On the contrary, there are far to many of these animals right now; our country can’t support them all.
Directly below that he placed a photo from the ‘HSUS Lies’ homepage quoting this nonsense, an obvious twist on words (Wayne Parcelle is the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States):
This is obviously the Animal Rights way of telling people that you cannot buy an animal if it is being sold, (because that would be “animal abuse”) under the law—
It is more likely some malcontent ‘victim’ fabricated the organization, lacking the guts take credit themselves.
VAR includes a nice, colorful ‘About Puppy Mills- 10 things you didn’t know about puppy mills’ page in their winy blog (colors and wording copied directly from site). Let’s comment-
1) In our modern day of instant access to information it is almost impossible for anyone to raise dogs without being under scrutiny.
|Search and Rescue dog, Ground Zero; World Trade Center
Wreckage. September 11, 2001. No way anyone will scrutinize
|If it weren’t for this dog, police wouldn’t have found 14
pounds of marijuana, half a pound of cocaine, and
$32,060 in cash. I don’t believe anyone is going to
scrutinize dogs like this one.
Those horrendous photos you see in commercials for the “Humane Society” are mostly outdated or a 1 in one million exception to the care given animals by breeders everywhere. The photos are intended to shock and horrify you into giving money. Any photo can be photo shopped into looking really bad. Be skeptical. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes take it with a grain of salt. "Believe nothing that you hear, read or see, trust what you see with your own eyes and uncover with your own skills and believe in your own heart." Jon Katz
Ok- yes, the photos are intended to stir emotions; that is a very solid, good marketing technique. They must do this, or else people would not donate; humans don’t like to spend money for nothing. Every charity that advertises does the same (starving children, poaching, etc). They sure can be photo shopped, but ask yourself what is more likely, and who stands to profit here- the Animal Welfare groups, or the businesses. As far as seeing it with our own eyes, I highly doubt you would allow the general population to see your ‘living conditions’.
2) All the hobby breeders in this country cannot produce enough puppies to meet the demands of the American market.
Recent changes in laws are NOT stopping substandard kennels from continuing. It is closing down reputable breeders who work very hard to produce healthy purebred puppies by making it more difficult and expensive for them to continue in their HOBBY.
3) BREEDERS are NOT responsible for the presence of dogs in shelters. "Producing" dogs due to failure to be a responsible owner and "breeding" dogs are not the same. We have a problem with a lack of responsible ownership, poor shelter management and poor pet distribution. Education is the key to improvement in this area.
Not responsible? You supplied them, and refuse to take responsibility after your ‘products’ are sold. No, even if you are legally not held responsible, morally and ethically is quite a different matter.
That is like saying Hitler isn’t responsible for the actions of his elite SS troops during WWII.
4) It has been PROVEN there is NO PET OVERPOPULATION. Since 2005 the birthrate for puppies has not been meeting the demand. Many rare breeds are declining to the point of extinction due to anti-breeder laws. According to the USDA more than 300,000 dogs were imported in 2013 from foreign countries by SHELTERS. If the current rate of laws and decline continue within 20 years your only source for a puppy may be a shelter “mutt” from Mexico, China or Puerto Rico with possible behavioral issues and NO health testing.
|Numbers in Millions; the data was collected by the USDA,
a federal agency mandated by Congress, not the HSUS or any
other welfare group. Follow HERE for exact page, as well as
much more data. Article published February, 2012.
Um- it has? This is news to me. Animals supplied by large scale breeders face a higher possibility of behavioral issues and birth defects due to close parent relations, and governmental sanctioned shelters nearly always test their animals for health problems; breeders often don't because it is an added business cost.
If anything, detriments to solid bloodlines began with large breeders, as well as the many 'designer breeds'. If things stayed as they were early in our history, when these dogs were used for specific, working purposes and not to influence the large-scale pet-trade, there would be no issues.
|130 dogs rescued from overcrowded breeders on 348th Ave. and Van Buren Street in Tonopah, Nevada. Police called it a ‘Puppy Mill’; Sheriff told public dogs were sold for $1,000 a piece, and the breeders could face over 100 counts of Animal Abuse.|
The actual definition varies, but a ‘puppy mill’ is agreed to define a breeder focused on profit over animal welfare, often dealing in mass quantities. No, I don’t lobby to end all animal ownership, but the sale of animals needs badly to be limited. Our country should not have to euthanize one single healthy animal, as opposed to the millions we do now (often completely healthy); it is extremely unethical and immoral.
Do we euthanize children because our country is overpopulated? No- that would be terrible, unthinkable. These people are saying it is fine for other intelligent animals though.
6) There are three main types of breeders: Commercial, Pet and Hobby/show breeders. Every one of these can be a large-scale breeder, every one of these could be a substandard breeder. Commercial kennels are subject to state and/or federal oversight. Substandard care can be found with all types of breeders. It is about the standard of care, NOT the numbers. Most commercial breeders have state of the art kennels that meet USDA standards and the standards of their state laws.They are inspected at least yearly and must meet or exceed stringent standards far higher than those expected of the average hobby breeder.
That may very well be true, with an emphasis on ‘Most’. Regardless of anything this person said, consider the morality of any breeder producing animals to better their personal economic and social standing. We stopped doing that to people long ago, but close to the same has been done with humans through our history.
7) “Sick” puppies do not sell. It is counterproductive for any industry to produce a defective product and expect to stay in business. Any dog can have health issues. It’s about Mother Nature NOT lack of care or numbers. Breeders work hard to keep their dogs healthy and in optimal conditions or else they would not be able to produce any puppies.
It sure is; good thinking. That didn’t stop slave owners; they often treated their ‘property’ even worse than dogs. Humans sometimes don’t look that far ahead, and it can be difficult to discern a sick animal from a healthy one. Once it is sold, it is out of the breeder’s hands; who can prove the animal didn’t contract said illness at a later date?
Keeping a dog in perfect health can be very costly; in terms of business, it would be more cost effective to eliminate the animal (6-9 is the avg. size of a litter; it can be easily replaced). I have no doubt they often do this.
8) Passing laws intended to outlaw “puppy mills” will not solve any problem. Most substandard breeders are already in violation of existing laws and don’t care. New, stricter laws will only affect those who are already working to follow the laws. The only way to have any effect is to provide the funds and manpower to enforce the laws that are already on the books.
9) A shelter dog is NOT for every family. Shelter dogs come with baggage that can require an EXPERIENCED owner. Shelter dogs have NO health testing and frequently have behavioral issues that take years of training to overcome. Obtaining a dog should be a time for rational decision making--not an excuse for moral preening. If 'adopting' a shelter dog makes you feel 'better about yourself', you don't need a dog. You need a therapist.
|Mill dogs often lack human social contact, and
are much more apt to develop behavioral issues.
Socializing a puppy is extremely important
to prevent over-timidness or unhealthy aggression
later in life. Animals almost always get daily
human contact at shelters (photo right).
This website is so simple… it almost seems a joke. Again, that is www.hsuslies.wordpress.com
For perhaps the fourth time, this is not true, but rather the exact opposite. Shelters are required by law to medically inspect and treat their animals, and where breeders are also, it is an extra cost most would rather avoid. If you care to verify, follow this link (p.24) to a full document composed by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.
You can contact this group, who I suspiciously not only can’t locate any solid records of, but are either too cheap or too lazy to spend $12 on a website domain, here-