dachshund was formerly known only as "Tag 19." See the notch in her
ear in the upper right hand corner of the photo? That's where a heavy metal
cattle tag was punched through; she had one in each ear, as well as a rusty
metal chain around her neck with another tag with her number on it. With all of
this ID "jewelry," it's anybody's guess why her "breeder"
also felt the need to brand the top of her head with a searing hot metal iron
(those pink V-shaped lines). Tag 19 lived in the mill for 10 years until she
was "worn out" and discarded.
OK, the breeder tells us. His "breeding facility" was
licensed by the USDA.
IS THAT OK
NOT OK WITH US!
"Why does Wisconsin need any new legislation? We already
have humane laws, and the USDA regulates breeding
If a mill dog were
"retired" to rescue for every time we've heard that, Wisconsin's
puppy mills would be out of business!
"Chapter 951: Crimes Against Animals," is vague and open to
interpretation, making enforcement difficult, if not impossible
frustrating citizens and law enforcement investigators alike. (Read
Chapter 951 for yourself.)
While it is true
that the USDA does regulate some pet breeding facilities through the provisions
of the Animal Welfare Act, USDA officials are also frustrated in enforcement
ONLY those breeders selling animals WHOLESALE (to
brokers, pet stores, or research facilities) are covered, leaving hundreds of
facilities who sell direct to the public "under the radar,"
The Animal Welfare Act again provides only the barest of
minimum of protection for the animals,
There are only around 100 USDA inspectors to cover
thousands of licensed facilities throughout the nation.
Existing laws, as
they stand, just are NOT doing the job. We need a strong, fair, enforceable Pet
Facilities Law that closes up the loopholes and protects both the animals and
the pet owners who buy them.
The links in this
section examine existing laws and any new legislation that is in the works.
"Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only
thing that ever has."
"The only way to
defeat a strong united front is to become one yourself!"
Barbara J. Davis
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