GlobalShift.org ran a piece recently headline – “Movement t0 Stop Puppy Mills Grows.” Let’s hope the writer is correct.
The ediorial by Gabrielle Moore notes some cities are banning the sale of puppies in stores and touches on the recent, much-publicized report on the lax enforcement of puppy mills by the USDA.
On the USDA issue, I’ll again add it makes the comments from store chains such as Petland very hollow, when managers are recorded glowing about how their breeders are USDA approved.
Then we have the story of Frankie, a little poodle who was found roaming and in very poor health – wearing a breeder’s USDA tag and an auction house number.
The Columbus Top Dogs organization in Ohio traced the information on the tags and learned Frankie was a puppy mill dog who must have escaped her new owner after being auctioned off somewhere.
The TimesReporter.com story reports the breeding operation had been cited numberous times for violations.
And MyFox8.com out of the Greensboro, NC area ran a story Wednesday about North Carolina Senate Bill 460. As I’ve noted before, this bill would regulate breeders with more than 15 breeding females and 30 puppies for sale. These breeders would be required to maintain a license and meet minimum standards of care and exercise.
In the story, Tim Jennings of the Forsyth County Animal Shelter was interviewed.
This quote from Jennings is an important one – “”Standards — people should be proud they can meet them, not afraid of them. If afraid you should look at why. Maybe they shouldn’t be in that business.””
And then there’s the following viewpoint from other side from the article –
– “Those opposing the bill argue the licensing fees and extra standards for housing and feeding would cost too much and put breeders out of business.” –
The licensing fees and standards of housing and care are minimal in this bill and if a breeder cannot meet these low standards, I can only concur with Jennings’ statement.