Another take on the puppy mill regulation debate

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?


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandra on April 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I’d expect no different from the NRA or hunting groups, they don’t care about animals so much except inasmuch as they can be killed for someone’s entertainment, but shame on the American Kennel Club (AKC). Shame, shame, shame on them.


  2. Posted by Debbie Bull on April 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for bringing this to people’s attention Tom. I get frustrated by the number of people who just don’t believe that the AKC is capable of opposing legislation that would improve conditions in puppy mills. The AKC certainly isn’t the organization most people think it is. The NRA … it figures…not surprising!


    • Posted by Tom Grady on April 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

      I’m no fan of the AKC at all.
      The organization claims now that it is only a breed registry and basically suggests it doesn’t set standards and doesn’t guarantee the quality of any dog sold under it’s banner.
      Yet, so many puppies are being sold across the country using the AKC letters and those of other registry clubs – as a selling tool.
      These breeders are using it as a brand of quality. – “Buy our puppies – they are AKC registered.”

      So the inference is these puppies are better because of this registration. It’s clear that this is the ad campaign being used.


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