Help End the Puppy Mills!
Help End the Puppy Mills!
Have you ever been to a pet store and then you hear the whining and barking of adorable little puppies? Or had the opportunity to search for puppies for sale online? Well, you may think that they came from good hands, right? The reality is that they most likely were not in good hands. The puppies may have come from a puppy mill. You may question what a puppy mill is. Puppy mills in general are, "inhumane commercial dog breeding facilities that may sell puppies in pet stores, online or directly to the public." Humane Society.org
Also, the puppies in puppy mills receive no love or affection from their caregivers. On the contrary, these poor, innocent puppies receive loneliness, extreme stress and no proper attention from a person at all! Isn't that awful for a puppy to even experience!?
When it comes to how puppy mills function, there is an order in which the puppies are born to them arriving at a pet store and being sold. The ASPCA website names this as the "The Puppy Pipeline". First, the so-called "breeders" have a female dog and a male dog kept in poor conditions, to forcibly mate with one other. After some months, the female dog conceives a litter of puppies. Sadly, if the mother no longer serves the purpose of having puppies they kill her off in a heartbeat. The same happens with the newborn puppies that become sick or are defective. These defenseless puppies have a higher chance of dying in the next few days or meet a cruel faith of getting killed with no remorse or compassion. Any puppies that manage to survive after, tend to be malnourished, given unsanitary water and a small cage in claustrophobic conditions. Not only that, but they revive no proper veterinary care when sick.
Once the puppies are about 6-8 weeks old they are ready to be separated from their mother and sold off to "dog brokers". These dog brokers or puppy dealers are the middlemen between the distributor of the puppies and the reseller of the puppies in retail stores as mentioned by The Humane Society organization. Unfortunately, most of these dog brokers can transport dogs to retail stores because they have a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) license that permits them to handle and manage animals. As a result, these poor puppies travel long distances even across state border lines in hot or cold conditions. Sometimes even in trucks that transport food products. Once the puppies arrive at their destination, the puppies are sold to retail stores where they wait for a potential customer.
It's heartbreaking for these puppies to go through all these cruel conditions. The only hope to bring a stop to this cruelty is by having the government take action because puppy mills are extremely horrifying places. These puppies are often forced to live in these inhumane conditions. Furthermore, The Humane Society of the United States' website reports that there is an estimate of at least 10,000 puppy mills in the United States and only less than 3,000 are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In a way, this helps facilitate the puppy mills to breed and sell puppies with few or no governmental regulations. We must stop these practices that pet stores have these puppy mills before any more innocent lives are held against their own will.
We can help by adopting animals in animal shelters, donate to organizations and advocate through petitions or social media. Any way to help these animals to be treated as products! Money over life is immoral, make the right choice to help a life and make a difference for it.