Updated: Mar 11, 2020
This Blog Is Written By: Wren B
Puppy mills. What are they you may ask? A puppy Mill is an establishment that breeds puppies and sells them, typically on an intensive basis and in conditions regarded as inhumane. A puppy mill is a commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little overhead cost. I believe that this is wrong and puppy mills should be banned. Over 2 million puppies are bred in puppy mills each year. There's no reason that dogs should be treated this way. We shouldn't support pet stores any more, because why should dogs suffer? This isn't the purpose of a dogs life.
In puppy mills, dogs can spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or exercise. Often times, the water and food provided for the puppies is contaminated, crawling with bugs. Puppy mills are facilities where dogs are forced to breed their whole lives until they are physically incapable. A female dog is bred every time she goes into heat, so female dogs are pregnant or nursing all the time. At that time, the dogs are either sold to other breeders, left on the side of the road, neglected, or even killed. The dogs spend twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week in cages, with often little to no contact with people or the outside world. The facilities that are classified as puppy mills are kept in deplorable and unsanitary conditions. This is how dogs are getting treated and we aren't doing anything to stop it?
You know your local pet stores you go to? You go there to buy dog\cat food or toys for your pets. Sometimes you may even go to play with the animals and look at all the cool fish? Well they get their dogs from puppy mills! So many pet store puppies come from puppy mills, they are not the result of careful breeding and they are usually not well cared for before coming to the store. Some common illnesses and conditions for the dogs in pet stores are, neurological problems, eye problems, hip dysplasia, blood disorders and Canine Parvovirus. Most of the time the puppies don't even make it to the pet store or to their forever family. 47 dogs have died in the last decade during or within days of grooming at your local pet stores...
The purpose of a dog's life, much like the purpose of any creature's life, is to realize its potential as a member of a community of life. All creatures have distinct roles to play. Our human role is to figure out how to live with dogs, so that together we can make this world a place where life flourishes. The people who run puppy mills, torture these poor little animals who can't do anything about it. The dogs go their whole lives thinking this is how they’re going to live, and hope one day they'll make it out alive to a safe and forever home.
Every year in America, it's estimated that 2.11 million puppies are sold that originated from puppy mills, while 3 million are killed in shelters because they are too full and there aren't enough adoptive homes. There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States (this includes both licensed and unlicensed facilities). Over 2 million puppies are bred in mills each year. An estimated 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in shelters every year. Death is all too common on puppy mills. Many sick and untreated dogs die in their cages. Mother dogs, who can no longer breed, are killed in a variety of ways. Because they’re no longer profitable, puppy mill owners kill them…
Puppys have feelings too and shouldnt be tortured and locked up in cages their whole lives breeding and suffering. Police say you’re not allowed to have your dog ride in the box of your truck, because you wouldn't put your kid in the box of your truck while driving. But we wouldn't put are precious newborn babies in cages so why are we putting dogs in cages? Imagine you and your family being locked up in a tiny cage with contaminated water and food, bugs crawling everywhere, and parents being pregnant and giving birth for their entire life, with no dental care and health care.
There’s no reason for dogs and puppies to suffer at human hands. We need to treat pets as members of the family, and to do so, we have to stop puppy mill operations from proliferating. Dogs shouldn't have to live like this, they bring us humans so much joy and happiness and deserve to be happy and free. They deserve to be in a loving home where they can be played with, cuddled, drink fresh water, eat yummy food, learn new tricks, explore the world, and most of all be happy and not in a puppy mill suffering…
I thought I would include a video of a Yorkie getting all groomed up after being in a puppy mill his\her entire life!