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Hugh

Florence, KY

#1 Oct 22, 2009
I don't get it. These critics of the Amish must have a covert agenda. Of course the animals are for sale/money, we still have capitalism as a means of exchanging value in the market or do you (critics) prefer communism? Are you/they also against the "Dog Whisperer"? Why not?

In many countries, dog is a food, Check your reality.

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Sandy Dixon

Canal Winchester, OH

#2 Oct 26, 2009
Dog auctions are one of the cruelest things that are happening to our four legged citizens. I will help in getting illegalization of dog auctions on the ballot in Ohio. It is past time for this to be illegal.
S. Dixon
Betty Jean Herner

AOL

#3 Oct 30, 2009
This is so how these puppy millers breed these poor dogs to death.
When they can't produce anymore they kill them.
It is so brutual and sad. Why oh why can't this be stopped?
falcon

Las Vegas, NV

#4 Oct 30, 2009
As someone involved in Cairn terrier rescue and the proud adopter of 3 puppy mill mommas--I despise the "millers" for their ruthless and vicious treatment of dogs. Even more disgusting are those who profess to be religious. The in-breeding of these creatures create so many genetic problems that get passed on each time they are forced to breed for the almighty dollar. Did I say that I LOATHE these purveyors of evil?
Jenn

Wooster, OH

#5 Oct 30, 2009
Come on people, have any of you ever interacted with the Amish people? Animals are a means to an end in the real world. Food, transportation, and yes, income. What county fair have you been to that doesn't have cows, chickens, pigs, rabbits, sheep, goats, horses,etc...... Do you really think they go home to a heated plush apartment? there is a reason man is able to think and reason. Try it!!! Amish treat animals for what they are, animals given to them by God for their usefullness to humans.

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United States

#6 Oct 30, 2009
From the article: "Opponents SAY the breeding dogs are kept in awful conditions and that their physical health is even worse.

But an inspector on site yesterday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which licenses dog breeders, said she'd SEEN nothing wrong."

Isn't there a disconnect here? These animal rights activists...have they visited each breeder's site and obtained factual proof against every one of them? Not likely. The government inspector stated she'd seen nothing wrong. As usual, it takes only one viral internet video from anywhere in the country to whip these protesters into a frenzied state of mind. If the HSUS had its way, sales-for-profit of all animals, including livestock, would cease. Their membership suffers from arrested development in some pre-teen fantasyland of rainbows, unicorns and puppy dogs.

Time to wake up and grow up, folks! Can'tcha smell Mama's bacon on the griddle? Served with a side of eggs and some cold milk. Yum.
Paul

Foreman, AR

#10 Oct 31, 2009
Jenn wrote:
Come on people, have any of you ever interacted with the Amish people? Animals are a means to an end in the real world. Food, transportation, and yes, income. What county fair have you been to that doesn't have cows, chickens, pigs, rabbits, sheep, goats, horses,etc...... Do you really think they go home to a heated plush apartment? there is a reason man is able to think and reason. Try it!!! Amish treat animals for what they are, animals given to them by God for their usefullness to humans.
Yay, Jenn!! I for one, USE my dogs for home security. I USE my cats, to control vermin. I USE horses for pleasure, exercise, transportation, and to teach kids responsibility. I also USE pigs, cows, chickens, and deer to fill my freezer. Anyone who speaks of "animal rights", then goes to McDonald's for a burger is a hypocrite of the lowest order.
Nancy

Ashland, OH

#11 Oct 31, 2009
The Amish have had puppy mills for years. They breed anything to make money. They aren't about bettering a breed or pay any mind to conformation or temperment.
I work at a newspaper and am disgusted when they place their ads but I can't say anything.
The best we can do is if you want a purebred; buy from a reputable breeder. Do your homework to learn about the breed to see if it fits in with your lifestyle. I have had Afghan Hounds from 1972 until this past month and had wonderful dogs from great breeders.

Your other alternative are the wonderful shelter dog. After my last Afghan died at 14, I just adopted an 8 year old mix breed who is Viszla, Lab and Beagle and he is the best dog I have had.
So join the Humane Society in helping to shut down Amish puppy mills and then encourage your friends and neighbors to get a dog from a great source and help put the Amish out of the dog business.
Humane

Saint Marys, OH

#12 Oct 31, 2009
Humane Society? Humane Society of the United States? Surely you jest...
Try reading up on who you advise others to join:

http://www.furcommission.com/resource/perspec...

http://consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm/h/...

http://campaign.constantcontact.com/render...
Patti Taylor

Richardson, TX

#13 Nov 11, 2009
Put the people in the cage an auction them off. Cover them in fleas and ticks in a cage with no food and dirty water bearly large enough for them to move and leave them for about 72 hours. Maybe then they will stop. There is some thing worng with people that abuse animals~ All they want is your love.
Lora Wojcinski-Bowman

AOL

#14 Dec 1, 2009
Please use your power to stop this atrocious practice. Search your heart and speak for those who cannot.
Pamela Hess

Cleveland, OH

#15 Dec 2, 2009
In the past few years I have learned of the horrific conditons in the puppy mills. I have a little Lhasa puppy mill dog and it sickens me to think of the life she lead before I took her in and gave her a home. I was lucky because she is such a happy little girl but it took a while for her to learn to trust people. I know that there are lot more who are not as lucky to survive these mills. This legislation must be passed now!!!
IHateDogs

Galloway, OH

#16 Dec 2, 2009
If there weren't so many idiots ready to shell out so much cash for a mutt then these puppy mills wouldn't survive. We don't need legislation. We need people to wake up to the fact that dogs are animals and not "citizens". Sure, puppy mills are bad. But until the idiots of the world stop spending so much money to buy animals they don't need then they will continue to thrive. Have you ever wondered why we don't hear about racoon mills, skunk mills, and mills for other creatures? It's because people don't want those animals or aren't willing to pay hundreds of dollars for them.

It's like my father who sits around complaining about how much money pro athletes are paid for playing a game. Yet he is the first in line to go buy tickets and support the team. It makes no sense.

You dog lovers have built this mess. You have no one to blame but yourselves.
John Blutarsky

Columbus, OH

#17 Dec 2, 2009
What's even worse are the idiots who think they have to have 3 or 4 so they can keep each other company and leave the owner alone.
IHateDogs wrote:
If there weren't so many idiots ready to shell out so much cash for a mutt then these puppy mills wouldn't survive. We don't need legislation. We need people to wake up to the fact that dogs are animals and not "citizens". Sure, puppy mills are bad. But until the idiots of the world stop spending so much money to buy animals they don't need then they will continue to thrive. Have you ever wondered why we don't hear about racoon mills, skunk mills, and mills for other creatures? It's because people don't want those animals or aren't willing to pay hundreds of dollars for them.
It's like my father who sits around complaining about how much money pro athletes are paid for playing a game. Yet he is the first in line to go buy tickets and support the team. It makes no sense.
You dog lovers have built this mess. You have no one to blame but yourselves.
NotReally

Galloway, OH

#18 Dec 2, 2009
John Blutarsky wrote:
What's even worse are the idiots who think they have to have 3 or 4 so they can keep each other company and leave the owner alone.
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Amen. Unfortunately, many people have a lot of kids for the exact same reason.
Nickels

Walbridge, OH

#19 Dec 2, 2009
I spent several summers in Western NY around Amish country working on my grandfather's dairy farm. I used to go to horse auctions all the time and people would always bid the lowest on Amish horses. Why? Because the Amish view animals are expendable assets. They will work their horses to death, beat them to work harder or go faster. Let them stand in the cold of winter when they are covered in sweat and lather. Once they work a horse to near death they auction it off and buy another. Animals to the Amish are simply a means to an end. Some might not like it, but it's their way and since they really don't follow many of our laws, there isn't much we can do except not buy animals from them.

Don't me started on Amish teenagers! They make teenagers on the East side look like choir boys!
Tim T

Delaware, OH

#20 Dec 2, 2009
Sandy Dixon wrote:
our four legged citizens.

S. Dixon
Idiot! They are PETS..ANIMALS..COMPANIONS. They are NOT citizens. Quit trying to humanize animals. They cant vote or anything and have no rights under the constitution. They crap, shed and piss and once and a while curl up to ya. Quit making them something they are not. You are proabaly one of those types that think the animals should be able to sue or one of those that insists on taking "foo foo" with you inside the stores.
Economicsprofess or

Columbus, OH

#21 Dec 2, 2009
IHateDogs wrote:
If there weren't so many idiots ready to shell out so much cash for a mutt then these puppy mills wouldn't survive. We don't need legislation. We need people to wake up to the fact that dogs are animals and not "citizens". Sure, puppy mills are bad. But until the idiots of the world stop spending so much money to buy animals they don't need then they will continue to thrive. Have you ever wondered why we don't hear about racoon mills, skunk mills, and mills for other creatures? It's because people don't want those animals or aren't willing to pay hundreds of dollars for them.
It's like my father who sits around complaining about how much money pro athletes are paid for playing a game. Yet he is the first in line to go buy tickets and support the team. It makes no sense.
You dog lovers have built this mess. You have no one to blame but yourselves.
Supply and demand Baby!
AnonymousOne

Columbus, OH

#22 Dec 2, 2009
It has nothing to do with "humanizing". There is a difference between treating an animal humanly, and treating an animal HUMANELY. As a human being, how is it not second nature to you to defend a living, breathing creature that is capable of feeling pain? I eat meat ... that does not mean I think it's ok for a cow to be punched, kicked, unable to stand up or turn around, or left to sit in it's own fecal matter. Therefore I choose where I buy my meat carefully so as to not feed money into factory farms. I like having pets as companions, and so I get them from a RESCUE.

Articles like this are necessary as they EDUCATE people as to what is going on in these mills, in hopes that people will not support them. Many people are unaware that "legitimate" pet stores like Petland get their dogs from mills.

If the fact that it can't vote disqualifies a living creature from even the most basic care under human ownership to you, then you are truly in the minority.
Tim T wrote:
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Idiot! They are PETS..ANIMALS..COMPANIONS. They are NOT citizens. Quit trying to humanize animals. They cant vote or anything and have no rights under the constitution. They crap, shed and piss and once and a while curl up to ya. Quit making them something they are not. You are proabaly one of those types that think the animals should be able to sue or one of those that insists on taking "foo foo" with you inside the stores.
NotReally

Galloway, OH

#23 Dec 3, 2009
AnonymousOne wrote:
I like having pets as companions, and so I get them from a RESCUE.
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Articles like this are necessary as they EDUCATE people as to what is going on in these mills, in hopes that people will not support them. <quoted text>
And where do you think that dog ORIGINALLY came from that you saved from the rescue?

I agree that these types of articles are good because they help shed light on the practice. But there are too many stupid people in the world who will go buy a dog from the mills simply because it is cheaper. And these same people likely already have multiple dogs that they really can't afford anyway.

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