And is the agenda of the puppymill fighters to make sure that the dogs are living in humane conditions, or simply to shut down all commercial breeders? Since I'm not there, I have no way of knowing, so I'm curious.[/b]
There is no question those that wrote the original PA legislation want to se an end to not just commercial breeding but all breeding of dogs. One just needs to look at the orginial legislation to see that. The problem is just as we consumers are often lax in investigating and dueing due dilgence on our purchase we often fall into the same trap when it comes to legislation. Put a label on a piece of legislation a bill to regulate puppymills and huge numbers are for it when in fact it adversely effects sportsmen and hoby breeders as well.
These operations are run by Greed (some of these guys are said to be making in the hundred's of thousands of dollars yearly)[/b]
I'm sorry but in this country making a profit is niether a moral nor illegal quait the contray it is a way of life. General speaking acompany or individual can make an extra buck scaming the american poublic but that profit is always short lived. What hobiest and those trying to shut down puppymills fail to realize is they provide a service that the consumer is willing to by extra for
, as most pet shop dogs sell a much higher prices than a typical hoby breeder would sell a pet quality dog for.
1. a puppy is availble when the consumer wants it they do not have to wait
2. no annoy backround checks or questions.
3. no restriction on breeding rights.
I wonder why such a difference between the way they treat the dogs and their other livestock.[/b]
I doubt you will find much of a disparity in how a particular individual treats his livestock be it chickens, horses, cows or dogs. Some will treat them like royality other humanly and unfortunately other will not. but As PA has proven over and over again in recent months that the new law they passed was unnecessary to prosecute and end inhumane treatment of livestock. They had the power to do before but were relunctant to do so. As we see over and over again in the articles posted the matters comming up are be ajudicated under the prior law.
There is a large segament of the pet buying public that the above conviences are critically important unless and until that chages there will be a high demand for comercial bred and sold dogs.
Lets also be carful of the demand on a standard of care for dogs we consider a minimum human treatment for commercial breeders because you can be certain they will tricle to the all pet owners as well.
Thing in the current PA legislation to be potential concerned about
1. exercise plan and doccumentation with required access to outside exercise. Apartment owners should be quaking in their boots
2. Temperature controls 50-85 degrees in the original bill now left to committeee exceeds osha standard for humans. How many dog owner do not have air condition in their house. Should A/C be a requirement for owning a dog?
3. Air ventalation standards. Along with temperature control standards will required substaintal air to air heat exchanger technology to meet or huge energy cost to compensate for the huge air turn over rates required
4. 24 hour acess to water. Yes dogs need water. but they don't need 24 hour access. controling a puppies access to water is one often suggested . How would you feel knowing you could face crimal charges of neglect or abuse because a dog knocked over the water bowl.
5. Supenstion of 4th amendment write required to own a dog because access to you home must be crated to animal inspection authoirites without prior notice or warning even though no animals are even housed in your home. Note if you foster a rescue in PA under the new Law you must Post conspiciously the rescue organization and there kennel license along with allowing unannounce searches of your home. If know one is home you have 72 hours to allow access god forbid you go on vacation you could be facing a serious criminal complaint
Let us be careful in defining what is humane and what is inhumane treatment of animals for commercial operations and not subject them to requirement so stringent that they are impossible to meet in an effort to drive them out of business. because we will only make it impossible to meet the requirement ourself when later we want one as a pet.
One of the very sad things about puppy mills is that the thousands of "pets" they produce and send out into the public are seriously screwed up.[/b]
Saddly this is not resevered to commercial breeder. In fact there will be many that will argue that the hobbiest are responsible for some of the most aggregious problems through their practices of line breeding and the use of linited sires which limits the gene pool and tends to concentrate such genetic problems Manyh genetic problems in particular breeds can be traced to this. Von Wilbrand's in dopermans where over 2/3 are carriers is just such an example. see The Price of Popularity: Popular Sires and Population Genetics Popular Sire Syndrome and Concerns of Genetic Diversity
and how the very nature of closed purebred registry politic prevent the fix of know gentic problems in breeds see The Backcross Project
Sadly, the photo you posted is pretty mild- there are some pictures of really horrific puppymill conditions out on the web[/b]
Surely there are some horrific example of cruelty at some comercial establishment but not all or even most are. Why are comercial breeder painted with the same brush as a select minority. There are equal numbers of horror storys of "dog rescuer" that get over their head hand have huge number of dogs living in absolute squalor. but we don't paint all rescues with that same broad brush.