Quite often, we’ll read about the groups opposing puppy mill legislation in particular states – organizations such as the NRA, the AKC or hunting groups.
They oppose further regulations on breeding and blame the Humane Society of the United States and other advocacy groups for proposing inspections or standards for the care of dogs used in breeding facilities.
But the animal-welfare advocates of all stripes would not be pushing for better, more affective laws to regulate puppy mills if it weren’t for puppy mills and the horrible conditions within these commercial, large-scale breeding operations.
We wouldn’t need laws regulating restaurant cleanliness or mine safety or financial lending if it weren’t for those who abuse the system and put their employees or the public at risk. Blame it on the offenders, not the people advocating for better conditions.
So, animal-welfare organizations step forward to push for better conditions and better regulations on commercial breeding. Why? – because too often – beyond the good, quality breeders – the dogs are living in conditions worse then inhumane.
Where have all the breed-registry clubs and other groups been on proposals for better conditions at breeding kennels or increases in the level of punishment for those who engage in animal cruelty?
Who is fighting for better regulations and who is fighting against it?