from a "kennel liquidation" sit in wire cages, waiting for their turn
to be be sold at auction. They haven't known anything but such cages their
entire lives, and likely never will. They will never have a chance to run in
the grass or play or enjoy the company of the humans their puppies are being
produced to please.
OK, says the former largest breeder in Wisconsin (now retired), because
dogs don't miss what they don 't know. "These dogs all have their little
dog family, their pack, in that pen. . .That 's all they know and they like it
there. Dogs, if they 're always raised with dogs, they don 't want to fool with
people. These dogs enjoy their life the way it is."
IS THAT OK
NOT OK WITH US!
Mill Is (short version):
definition from a 1984 Minnesota court case, courtesy of Wikipedia's puppy mill
page, Avenson v. Zegart,
577 F. Supp. 958, 960 (United States District Court, D.
Minnesota, Sixth Division January 17, 1984) A "puppy mill" is a dog breeding
operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a
low overhead and maximize profits. (Please also see:
Wikipedia: Puppy Mills)
Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English,
Preview Edition (v 0.9.7). Retrieved April 05, 2009, from Dictionary.com
website: "Puppy Farm: a place where puppies are bred for profit.
Also called a puppy mill."
Merriam Webster's Online Dictonary: " puppy
mill: Function: noun Date: 1973: a commercial farming operation in which
purebred dogs are raised in large numbers."
animals are kept in cramped cages or pens like chickens, and/or forced to
endure physical abuse in many forms, poor food and not enough of it, filthy
conditions, constant breeding, little attention conditions that, as the
old saying goes, "you wouldn't keep a dog in" so that their
owner can make more money from them, is a MILL.
Doesn't make any
difference whether there is one breeding female or 1,000; whether the animals
are dogs, or cats, birds, hamsters, lizards, or guinea pigs; if their sole
purpose is to make money for their owners and their treatment isn't up to even
the barest standards of common-sense decency, it's a MILL.
All of the pages
in this section of our website are dedicated to answering your questions about
What Is A Puppy/Pet Mill, and what they mean to you. Please visit the links at
the left. And if you want to know what YOU can do about puppy mills,
NOTE: In 2009, the Wisconsin State
Legislature unanimously passed Act 90, a law regulating dog breeders and
sellers in our state. Since Act 90/s.173.41, the WI Dog
Seller Program went into effect in June 2011, MANY breeders and sellers
have been regulated and have either given up the business OR have come into
compliance under ACT 90. If you have personally encountered any problems with
any Wisconsin dog seller) please see our How To
File a Complaint With the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer
What is a Puppy
Mill Puppy Mill
I am sometimes asked, "Why do you spend so
much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so
much cruelty to men?"
I answer: "I am working at the roots."
George T. Angell
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