How Do Amish And Mennonites Make Money? How About Cruel Puppy Mills!

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First off, I want everyone to know I do not believe all Amish are terrible to their animals. People need to know, though, that this is one of the ways Amish and Mennonites make money. Our world sees many people who are cruel to animals and children from all walks of life. This story happens to be about Amish puppy mills.

I was watching a TV show one day about a group who was saving puppies from a puppy mill. It was shocking to see that it was an Amish mill. They could not close the mill down, so they had to buy them all as the only way to save the poor puppies and dogs. It was the saddest thing I have ever seen. To this Amish farmer, the dogs were just items to make him money. They had no feelings; their life meant nothing to him. No licenses were needed for these ugly little Amish puppy mills.

There were mother dogs with litters of puppies. You could tell the dogs had been over-bred and were in bad shape. Hair matted, eyes running. Just the sad look they gave to the camera showed they go through so much pain and suffering. There is often inbreeding. Many of these puppies are sold to pet stores.

When puppies don't sell and get older, what happens to them? We can only guess what they do with the older dogs. If they're females they are likely kept for breeding but if they're male what do they do with them? Your guess is as good as mine. They can't keep all the dogs for breeding.

The puppies are kept in wire cages with wire under their feet all the time. What must this feel like to them? We know what it would feel like to us. If they're lucky they will be inside the big pretty red barn and never get to see the light of day. If they are unlucky, they will be kept outside in the cruel Wisconsin winter. This is just not going on in Wisconsin; it is a problem in all states.

I don't know how we can stop puppy mills, because if you try to stop them they will go underground and we would never know what is happening to the puppies.

Clark County in central Wisconsin is one of the worst counties for puppy mills. An Amish community settled in 1975, and there are many other Amish dotted across the state.

I'm sure not all Amish sell puppies and not all puppy mills belong to Amish. The problem I have with the Amish is that they are people of faith, but they think it's okay to mistreat an animal.

I saw article telling the story about how the Amish make their money, and there was not one mention of puppy mills. The Amish don't make their money only from quilts, bread, and the canned foods or whatever else they sell. Some of them make money in a sad way and I believe we all should know about it.

Take a look at Amish horses sometime if you want to see some animals in sad shape.

We don't have Amish in my area, but we do have Mennonites not far from us. I have never heard of the puppy mills right around here. There could be, though, and I just don't know about it.

I had trouble writing this article because I can't stand looking at the pictures of the puppies.

I wish I knew how to help. You don't want to buy from an auction but do you want to watch puppies go back with the puppy mill people? It's sad and seems there is no way to help. The laws we have just not enough.

Mother Dogs

Mother dogs in puppy mills have never known a warm bed or a person to cuddle with and talk to them. They don't have their own bed or box of toys to play with. They have never felt grass under their feet and may have never seen the sky or trees. Their teats are engorged because they have had so many litters. Their health isn't good. At least, when she has puppies she has something of her own to cuddle with, until they are abruptly taken away from her.

They are just a machine to these mills, and the more puppies they have the better. When she's passed her time of having pups what do they do with her? The idea in my head of how they rid themselves of dogs or pups they no longer want is just awful.

Our dogs and cats are so spoiled. They run our lives in the morning. They’re happy to see us up and out of bed. They want fresh food and water. They want to cuddle. They don't want us to move their toys.

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The USDA and Puppy Mills

The sad part is that many puppy mills are legal. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) controls some of the breeding laws. They control only for commercial breeders selling to brokers, pet’s stores and research facilities. Their laws are not stringent enough. They do not have enough inspectors for the job. They have no laws concerning selling to the public. The ASPCA has more on their website about puppy mills and provides a way for you to voice your opinion to the USDA.

Writing and calling legislators about puppy mills may help. If they hear enough complaints maybe they will start to help.

Pet shops are the biggest buyers of puppies from puppy mills. They charge up to thousands of dollars for one pup. A pup may not be in good shape because it has come from a puppy mill. Before you buy that beautiful Amish quilt, ask them if they have some puppies to sell. If they tell you they do, you may not want to buy the quilt. Animals have rights. They have the right to a warm bed, food, water and a safe loving home.

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Puppy Mills Are Everywhere

There are puppy mills everywhere. This breaks my heart the terrible things done to dogs in puppy mills. Read about the horrible conditions of puppy mills in my own state, Wisconsin.

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Boney's Story

Again, the Amish are not the only ones cruel to animals. How can anyone do what they did to Boney? They knew she would suffer a long painful death.


Claiming Dogs Got Into the Pot Cookies.

Here is more horrible cruelty to dogs. I can't believe people are doing this and think it's funny and post it on YouTube. Pot can kill these pets. These two need to be in jail. She doesn't care about her dog. She doesn't take him to the vet.

If this is happening to pets you know or happening to children, you need to report them.

There's more than just cruelty to animals in shelters and in puppy mills. There's cruelty with experiments by using animals to do this.

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norlawrence 5 months ago from California

Great article but so sad. I did not know about a lot of this.


RottenHead 5 months ago

Questions:

Do any of the judgmental people know the following?

Where your beef hamburger comes from....

Where your milk comes from....

Where your chicken, turkey etc comes from....

You scream and wail about dog and cat "cruelty" but happily buy milk from raped cows. Cows don't produce milk unless theyve birthed a calf!! How many years do they stand around giving milk until we grind em up into hamburger? Have you seen the painfully swollen milk bags on dairy cows?

Have you seen the beaks cut off of fryer chickens?

Have you seen commercial layer chickens in tiny cages their entire lives, just popping out eggs for us?

The list goes on and on regarding the ANIMALS WE ABUSE AND EAT.

Chickens have individual personalities, some like watermelon, some dont, some follow you around, some dont.

Cows can become very attached to people and follow you around like a dog would.

Seems like most mammals have the capacity to become attached, to be playful, to be curious.

Goats are a prime example, great as loyal, fun loving pets and great on a dinner plate for some. No one is crying about this.

Dogs and cats, guinea pigs and rats...none were originally in a cage or your living room or on the end of a leash. All can be found in the wild, where they came from!! Point is, no one animal, in our care or under our RULE is more or less important than the next.

Just please shut up unless you're crying for all of the ANIMALS WE ABUSE EVERY SINGLE SECOND, MINUTE AND HOUR OF EVERY DAY!! Pathetic people.

Breeders only breed because someone is going to buy. Why not shame the buyer? Our abused livestock for food needs to be massed produced to feed ALL of us, so why not shame the people who keep having kids? I could keep going but I'm bored with all of you idiots


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moonlake 5 months ago from America Author

pstraubie48, Thanks so much for stopping by. It is very sad when animals are treated this way. Living their whole life in sadness.


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida

Thank you for sharing this...how sad. It breaks my heart to know of such horrid conditions for animals. How anyone can neglect and abuse such loving creatures is beyond my comprehension.

My heart aches.

Angels are on the way to you and those precious animals. ps


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moonlake 10 months ago from America Author

adyguitarpicker, Thank you for stopping by. I was in Indiana Amish community a couple years ago and saw signs for puppies.

I have lost a friend over this. That's ok I don't want a friend like her.


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moonlake 10 months ago from America Author

fpherj48, Your right they are hard workers. I have a friend who lives near an Amish community and she said she sees the signs for puppies. They own their animals and that is about it.

Many are very good to their dogs but others have puppy mills. The dogs are just another item for them to sell.


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ladyguitarpicker 10 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Since I am a dog lover I found your hub very sad and hard to look at the photos. I use to live in Indiana and we had Amish people about 50 miles away from where I lived. I hope they were not doing this. A very enlightening article. Stella


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moonlake 10 months ago from America Author

Wesman Todd Shaw, I know many people don't realize Amish have puppy mills. They are hidden away. Thank you, for coming by.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 10 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

Damn. I'd have never imagined that. Then again, puppy mills are forever hidden out of the way a bit from the rest of us, even in rural areas.

We've some Mennonites in the area - they do have one very fine bakery nearby.

Glad to see this subject addressed here. :)


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moonlake 10 months ago from America Author

PG-Wctel, Thanks for stopping by. I don't watch Amish mafia. I agree not all Amish and Mennonites run puppy mills. Not all are cruel to their animals.


PG-Wctel. 10 months ago

In reading the comments of your readers , Most of them assume most of the puppy and dog pictures and comments are about Amish and Mennonites because this is a Amish puppy mill blog. Putting all people in one basket is never fair, because of the impression it leaves. Case in point is "howemunkey" who said he will not be buying any products from the Amish, regretting he bought a leather belt from them. I'm wondering if the 58 puppies that were rescued were from a Amish puppy mill ? And for those that watch the "Amish Mafi , you are wasting your time if you want the facts on the amish. Most of it does not represent the amish. Do you have a problem with the Amish and Mennonites or do you know any personally ? Amish in general love all animals and take good care of them. Amish don't defend themselves. and no I am not amish.


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moonlake 10 months ago from America Author

Shakti Deva, Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. I read how Yoder got his breeding licenses even after violations. I don't blame Minnesota people for protesting.


Shakti Deva 10 months ago

I have been to Amish and Mennonite puppy mills and they are some of the very worst. Amish are a very small percent of the U.S population but they own 20% of the licensed puppy mills in the U.S and there are many unlicensed puppy mills in Lancaster PA. They believe that because the bible says man has dominion over animals they can abuse them including their horses. The USDA does very little to serious violations at licensed commercial breeding facilities, basically a slap on the wrist. Amish shoot, gas, or stone dogs who don't produce puppies anymore. The Amish perform C-sections on dogs with no anesthesia. Some Amish de-bark dogs by putting a metal rod down their throat so they won't bark. In Minnesota people are protesting because the Yoders, who had serious violations against them just got licenses for dog breeding. The Hunte Corporation got loans from the USDA to be a middle man and buy puppies from puppy mills to sell wholesale to pet stores. Small responsible breeders never sell to pet stores so all of their puppies come from puppy mills which are commercial breeding facilities that our government license people to neglect and abuse dogs. This is where puppies really come from.


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moonlake 10 months ago from America Author

howlermunkey, Thanks so much for stopping by. I guess that is the shock so many people don't realize this about Amish.


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howlermunkey 10 months ago from Tampa, FL

!!! I bought an Amish made belt not so long ago and was proud to have purchased something made by the Amish....Now I wish I hadn't. You have shed some light on a culture I always envisioned as "pure", and rest assured I will not be buying any of their products moving forward. thanks for sharing this -- howlermunkey


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moonlake 10 months ago from America Author

Peter McCaffrey, I agree with you about many rescues, but not all. I agree with you about many animal shelters, but not all. I also agree with you about many Amish and Mennonite farmers having well taken care of animals, but not all. I mentioned in the article that not all puppy mills are owned by Amish.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comment.


Peter McCaffrey 10 months ago

I would like to thank Karene Smith response 3 months ago. I couldn't say it better myself. I got my golden retriever from a Mennonite farmer in Pennsylvania. The only two dogs he had was the parents of the dog I bought. The parents was well taken care of. I had problems with local animal shelters because all they had were dogs that were bred to be mean. I also tried several rescue. places only to be turned down because I didn't have a fenced in yard at the time. I also found most of the rescue places are scams just to get donations. But I don't see you checking into them. My golden is now 2 years old, has a fenced in yard that a installed few months after getting him, and he is quite happy and very intelligent. Your article does appear as personal issue's against Amish. Instead of cutting down on all Amish, why don't you start listing names and addresses of all the puppy mills to stay away from. I'm sure there is a lot more puppy mills that are not Amish or Mennonite. Why don't you list them


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tammyswallow 11 months ago from North Carolina

I never realized this was going on. This is terrible! Thank you for shedding light on this terrible situation and exposing this problem. Great hub!


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tammyswallow 11 months ago from North Carolina

I never realized this was going on. This is terrible! Thank you for shedding light on this terrible situation and exposing this problem.


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sujaya venkatesh 12 months ago

something new


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moonlake 14 months ago from America Author

Karene Smith, First I want to thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment and your view of Amish people. I did say, (I'm sure not all Amish sell puppies and not all puppy mills are owned by Amish). I know there's good people in the Amish community. I also know there are terrible puppy mills not owned by Amish. Missouri has the most mills and the worst. Most of those mills are not owned by Amish.


Karene Smith 14 months ago

The problem with article is that it sometimes make it sound like ALL Amish people have a hidden puppy mill stashed behind their barns. I've known, worked with, lived next to, and worked for, the Amish of PA for 25 years and I don't know ANY that have them, and I LOOKED. Here is the problem in a nutshell, and why it WILL change. I am horrified at puppy mills. I hope they KEEP AFTER them! But it always helps ANYBODY to be able to see the root of an issue, or the other party's view of it.

The Amish (I hate generalizations because not ALL of a group of any people don't ALL do something) don't anthropomorphize animals for the most part, they don't give them human emotions, especially if the owners are still farming. Dogs and cats aren't FAMILY, they're farm animals. In their view, all the animals have a job, or they produce a commodity, or are a commodity. They aren't mainly friends, they aren't family, they're animals. My Great Grand relatives who farmed from about 1900 through 1970 would no more have let a dog in the house than they would have the milk cow. The Amish people didn't set out to be the perceived Pol Pot's of the animal world, the dogs were just another "cash crop" to them, like bunnies, pigeons, pigs, chickens, eggs, or any other small animals raised for sale in an old time traditional farm setting. It was another income so that they could support the farmstead. Like anything else though, some people let easy money things get out of control, or are just indifferent. Amish are subject to greed like anybody else and have A-holes like anybody else. There will be Amish puppy farm owners who when shown where they are going wrong according to "English" laws, or are mistreating the dogs, will fix it, and when they are shown the outlook for their operations, their projected profitability, and super negative PR they are getting, will close shop. (The Amish are very keenly aware of the marketability of their image and how to use it. They DO guard their image. Proof of that is when they recently went to the PA Governor about the way they were being portrayed in a reality TV show and wanted to press charges. They are fierce about their image.)

There's still going to be the a-holes who will value the $ over the dogs and they're the ones we need to nail to the barn. Here's why it can only get better: As Amish as the Amish want to stay, their reality is that the outside world is dragging them kicking and screaming into the future. Their kids are going to change it because they DO have pets and get attached, are looking at them like friends, and not all Amish are tied to farms any more. I have never seen an Amisher that wasn't a really great business person, and they will go where the revenue is. If they can sell high dollar hand made dog beds, dog blankets, leather leashes etc. and keep their "simple folk" image, they will do that. Most Amish are respectable and have no wish to harm anything. It's in their best interest spiritually and in common sense terms to care for the animals in their charges. It's just good sense to them. In the mean time, the officials that work for the "English" government agencies need to start putting the bugs in the right ears. Fining and ticketing a scoff law running a puppy mill will most likely make that Amishman fight like a mule because, man they can be some stubborn cusses, and they will resent "English interference". The agents need to talk to their Bishops, their wives, and their adult kids and tell them how the puppy mills are affecting the outside world's view of the Amish and the community's overall profits. That will shut them down a lot more quickly. In the mean time, the best we can do as individuals is to NOT buy puppies from pet stores, adopt shelter animals if al all possible and to work to outlaw animal testing! Many places have all but shut down the pet shops, so more of the dogs are going to animal testing facilities!


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moonlake 22 months ago from America Author

Shyron E Shenko, Thank you it's sad that this goes on. I appreciate your vote.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Moonlake, this is just terrible, and sad. I had not heard of this before.

Voted up useful and really interesting.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

PegCole17, It is terrible no matter who has puppy mills and there are many of them out there. They just took 58 pups away from a woman that had a puppy mill going near our town. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

No matter who does it, the practice is cruel and shameful. No animal deserves this type of treatment for personal gain or otherwise. Thanks for shedding light on this subject. It is truly hard to comprehend. Sorry, I can't watch the videos and that first puppy picture will haunt me forever.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

CraftytotheCore, You have some household there. Cats bring in skunks where do you live that people think that. We have three cats and live in the country we have seen everything on this land but we have never seen or smelled a skunk around here. I know they have to be here all our other homes, our dogs always got sprayed. We have two cats that are outdoor cats. They were rescued from our barn our dog found them. We had them neutered but have never been able to make them into indoor cats until winter gets here. They don't want out in the winter.

I don't understand anyone that is cruel to an animal.

Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Oh my Moonlake! I think I remember you telling me about this and I hadn't come across your article until now. It's very sad indeed. I have 9 rescued animals!

I have a pot-belly pig. Wilbur. There's another animal that is commonly purchased as a vanity pet and then dumped when they get older or too big to walk around the house. I got Wilbur at the local shelter here after a family dropped him off because he weighed 60 pounds. What would they think now? He's pushing 200. Thankfully I have the yard to keep him and know how to handle him because I grew up on a farm. Otherwise, there was interest from the local scientific community to take him in to do research...and no way was I going to let that happen.

I also have 3 parakeets. Why? Because I went in to the local pet shop years ago and someone had dropped them off, cage and all. The pet shop sold them to me for $50. I thought that was shameful. They got them for free by someone who could no longer care for them, but they turned around and made me pay them to take them to a good home. Ridiciulous!

I also have 2 cats. People let their cats go around here when they move. Then the cats are left to fend for themselves in the wooded area where red fox, coyote and fisher cats live. Not to mention hawks and owls.

(The neighbors complain because they say I draw skunks in by having cats. Really? My cats are indoor only!)

Then there are the 3 dogs. One was left to die, hung by a chain on a tree. One was a stray down south. After having puppies, the local animal authority killed them and put her in death row. The third one is a pitbull. He was put in a kill shelter after someone tied him by a rope to a fence outside of a church. He is the most loving dog ever, despite having a reputation for being the most vicious breed.

So, having said all that, I can't wrap my brain around people that are cruel to animals. I've worked on legal cases where people tie dogs up with no food or water....yet animal control does nothing.

Very sad indeed. Thank you for showing me this story.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Indian Chef , Thanks so much for stopping by. It is so very inhuman to treat an animal this way.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

why would anyone do such inhuman acts on dogs is beyond my understanding. Voting it up and awesome.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

thelyricwriter, I just watched a little of the Amish Mafia but I lost interest real fast. Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it and thanks for vote and shared on FB.


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Moonlake, everything I know about the Amish is from "Amish Mafia." LOL I've learn all kinds of different ways that they make money! Ever watch? Great article Moonlake, I don't agree with their ways. Yes, they're free to live in any manner they wish, but I don't think God judges those who wear their hair down. Their all missing out in life, missing on making their dreams come true. I hate to hear about these puppy mills, but I know there's a lot of money in some dog breeds. Sad. Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared on FB.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

mommyhood, Thanks for stopping by. It is sad.


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mommyhood 3 years ago

Thanks for this hub, it was very informative...and sad! :(


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Suhail and my dog, Many puppies that come from pet stores are not very healthy because they have came from puppy mills. Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Puppy mills will shut down if we stop buying puppies from pet stores rather than from reputable breeders.

Those puppies look extremely cute at the pet stores and many parents buy them on impulse, especially when pushed by their children. Humane Societies and shelters should target all outlets where puppies from the mills are sold.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

shut down puppy mills, I agree.


shut down puppy mills 3 years ago

shame on people in the usa what's wrong with you people there should be no such thing as a puppy mill anywhere


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

FlourishAnyway, Thank you so much for coming by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Oh how sad. This is a well researched and presented hub. Breaks my heart.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

mecheshier, Thank you for stopping by and for the vote.


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mecheshier 3 years ago

Wonderful Hub. This is all new info to me. Thank you for your time in research and writing. Voted up for useful and interesting


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

LKMore01, Thank you for stopping by and leavinga comment and vote. I appreciate it.


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LKMore01 3 years ago

No matter how incredibly disturbing and brutal the subject of puppy mills and animal abuse is to us, we all need to be aware of this cruelty in order to prosecute and change laws. Voted up and useful. Thank you moonlake.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

pandula77, Thank you for stopping by and for the vote.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Angelo52, Thanks for stopping by it is a bummer that so many animals are mistreat. Thank you for the share and up.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

jellygator, Your welcome thanks for stopping by.


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pandula77 3 years ago from Norway

Thank for this hub! Its an eye opener for many. Voted up!


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

What a bummer! To mistreat animals, any animal, to make a buck is just so wrong in our modern society. Thumbs up and shared.


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jellygator 3 years ago from USA

Thank you for allowing my comment to remain. I know your intent isn't a bad one.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

jellygator, My problem was hubs going up on how Amish make their money and not one word that some of them and I am saying some of them run puppy mills. Oh I agree there are people who call themselves Christians that also run puppy mills. In our state the big problem with puppy mills was with the Amish. I think people need to know that. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thank you for stopping by and for pinning. I agree how can they call themselves followers of Jesus.


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jellygator 3 years ago from USA

I know you've put a lot of time and effort into writing this, and I agree that cruelty to animals is horrible and should be prevented, but I feel uncomfortable that you're highlighting a particular group of people when the same thing happens among every other group, too.

How many pit bull fighting operations and disgusting puppy mills are run by people who call themselves Christian but are not Amish? I met a local woman who had "de-barked" a couple dozen dogs she was breeding and hiding in her garage. Yes, the laws need to change, but I feel I must voice an objection to religious persecution, too.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is disgusting and the video is very disturbing. I mean how can these people call themselves followers of Jesus. I'm glad you've highlighted the inhuman treatment these animals are meted out.

Voting this up and sharing it all over and pinning it as well.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Deborah-Diane, Thanks for stopping by. It's just sad what puppy mill dogs go through.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

To the best of our knowledge, the dogs we have owned during our lifetime were never born in a puppy mill. They either came from a shelter or from someone we knew. I hate the thought of dogs being forced to live in the circumstances you describe!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thanks for stopping by. Your right all kinds of dogs can be found in shelters and full blooded. People decide to get rid of full blooded just as easy as mix breed dogs I guess. We pretty sure the Springer we got from the shelter was full blooded.

I appreciate the up and shared.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

healthwealthmusic, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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healthwealthmusic 3 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

Puppy mills have been an issue for a very long time. I remember my parents talking about it when I was very young. Yes, it is sad when the people who raise dogs for selling do not take care of them properly. I do know that there are also good people out there who do a good job of caring for their animals.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi moonlake,

Thanks for bringing attention to the horrors of puppy mills wherever they originate. I had no idea that some Amish communities were responsible for doing this. All the more reason to go to animal shelters when considering getting another animal. They have all types of breeds...many of them full blooded...at shelters. Nothing wrong with mixed breed dogs! Sometimes they have fewer problems than full blooded ones because they have not been over bred. As an animal lover, I hate hearing about any kind of mistreatment. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Up, useful and sharing.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

DrMark1961, I would like to see them go out of business. I hate to see the puppy trade moving to the internet. I guess that is what will happen and is happening.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.


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DrMark1961 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

If the Amish are not technologically "wired-up", do you think they will go out of business now that the puppy trade is moving from pet shops to the internet? (One can hope, but it seems like there is always someone willing to fill the gap.)

I also saw quite a few Amish puppy mills when I worked in southwest Missouri.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

mio cid, It is sad just makes a person sick thinking about the poor animals. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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mio cid 3 years ago from Uruguay

Here is another example of people who claim to love god above all and still are capable of committing unspeakable cruelty onto god's creation.Not surprising.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

vespawoolf , It is so sad. I saw a hub on how the Amish make their money and not word was mentioned about the puppie mills that's one reason I did this hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I had a hard time reading this one. The photos are heartbreaking. There are so many sad stories in this world. Thank you for sharing so we can do something about it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

cam8510, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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cam8510 4 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Thank you for the informative hub. Well done.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Millionaire Tips, Your right all walks of life can be so cruel. I just hated seeing they always had this kind sweet life and that was all anyone talked about. Never about how they had puppy mills. I was shocked the first time I saw it. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I'd never thought of Amish people having puppy mills, but then again, I do know that all kinds of people from all religions do things that go against the teaching of that religion. The video was heartbreaking.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

BkCreative, You are right enough animals around and you can get pedigree dogs at shelters. May not have papers. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I am one of those people opposed to breeding dogs simply so Americans can have what they hope is a pedigree - but I almost get into fist fights when I say this. Why bring life into this world for the sake of profit. There are enough dogs and cats here already. Thanks for an eye opener. The Amish are people like everyone else and dogs are just profit - nothing more. Yet millions of animals are euthanized each year - we are seriously flawed when it comes to the respect of other living animals.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Dolores Monet,

I think your right. I think in the old ways dogs were just farm animals that needed to have a purpose like guarding the farm they were never brought into the house. Amish may still see them that way they're just an animal to make money like their cattle. Still sad that a human could treat an animal like that. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I think we tend to view the Amish as a bunch of nice people who live an old fashioned kind of life. But Amish are people just like everyone else and capable of both good and bad behavior. The tendency to look at animals as companions and members of the family is a fairly modern concept, where for some, business is business. Sad. Poor little puppies.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

crazybeanrider, Thank you for stopping by my hub. I think many people don't realize what Amish do in their real life. It is a shame this happens and it will go on because they just don't seem to be stopping it.


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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI

I have never heard of this until I read your hub. This is so sad. You did a great job writing this informative hub, you poured your heart into it even though it was so hard to do. It is a shame this happens and even worse the people doing it have little regard for the puppies.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

katyzzz, It is distressing and was for me the first time I found out about what they did. I always thought of them as nice kind people. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my hub.


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Such distressing news, and I always thought they were such nice people, disillusionment for me here, but good information to have, a distinctively different hub, well done


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

2patricias, I don't think there is anything wrong with breeders that breed responsiblely and love their dogs. Puppy mill breeders are another story, they don't care about their dogs.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment very much appreciated.


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

I don't know much about the Amish, as I live in England. We do have some puppy mills over here though. I wish they didn't exist anywhere.

I own 2 pedigree cats, now both very old. When I bought them I contacted the national cat club for that particular breed, and got a list of registered breeders. I did everything that I could to make sure that I was buying kittens from a kind and caring cat breeder. I think anybody buying a kitten or puppy should be very careful, and buy only from a good breeder.

Thanks for this hub - useful and interesting.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Pages-by-Patty, Oh, I know at one time we owned five dogs. They all had a good home and were taken care of. We've always owned lots of pets. Thank you, for stopping by again and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

SallyTX, Thank you, and glad you stopped by. Thank you, for the vote I appreciate it.


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Pages-By-Patty 4 years ago from Midwest

If I remember correctly, I think the breeding law put the limit on only owning 50 females and that was a large part of the uproar. I have 9 rescued pets and am currently fostering 2...so if a limit on personal companion animals went into action, I'd have to move! :)


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

Very nice treatment of an important subject! Voted up and interesting.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Thanks, gail641


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Pages-By-Patty, I think having a law that limits the number of dogs would help. Just hate to see people get caught in that law that owns 4 or 5 dogs as pets and loves and cares for them. I guess there will always be people like this. If only they would give them the simple things like exercise, vet care and sunlight.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

They are God's creatures and should be treated with kindness, I agree.


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Pages-By-Patty 4 years ago from Midwest

Great hub and so true. In the early '80's I lived in a heavily populated Illinois Amish community and became aware of their animal cruelty. And they're still going strong. Several years ago, Indiana lobbied to change breeding laws to include breeders to provide sunlight, exercise, vet care and to limit the number of dogs. You should have seen the buggys lined up in protest!! Until people stop supporting pet stores and breeders, it will never change. Thanks for bringing light to the dark reality.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

gail641, They do sometimes come in with police and close down some of these mills because of cruelty to animals. If they can find them.

It is hard to believe I agree with you, their God's creatures and should be treated with kindness.


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

I saw the video Amish Puppy Mill and saw how deplorable the dogs and the conditions look. They should rescue the dogs and shut the Puppy mill down asap. Its hard to believe that religious people-Amish-would do something awful like that and get away with it. They should be arrested and fined for doing that to those dogs.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

gail641, Thanks again.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

kashmir56, It is terrible the things that happen to the innocent of our world. Children, elderly and animals. The ones that can't help themselves. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and thank you for the vote.


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

You're welcome.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

It is a shame that this type of thing is still happening, but it all about money and greed and not the welfare of those puppies .

Vote up and more !!!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Mhatter99, Your welcome. Thank you, for stopping by and reading my hub.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this moving and informative article


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

gail641, Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment. It is horrible what goes on in these puppy mills.


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

Its horribe what people will do for money. I wouldn't think that religious people (Amish) would do things like that, but they do. Greed isn't a religious way to be.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Theophanes, You are so right it is hard to stop the puppy mills. The fines aren't high enough. I sure which I knew the answer. Thank you, so much for stopping by and leaving your comment.


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Theophanes 4 years ago from New England

The problem is twofold. First if you make laws its hard to make laws that do not punish good breeders who are trying to do the right thing and two there isn't enough people to enforce many of these measures. In addition to that money talks. Puppy mills exist because their owners are making enormous profits off them. Some of those puppies go for a couple grand a piece in pet stores and that's just one puppy. Of course if these people are only giving them the bare minimum of care they're going to maximize the profit - and may very well bribe inspectors to look the other way. There was a woman who lived a few hours from here who ran a nasty puppy mill that was closed down by the state but ten years later she was found, past 80 years of age, with over 170 dogs in her barn AGAIN! Lot a good stopping her once did! She should have been forbid owning more animals and someone should have been enforcing that...


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Melissa A Smith, That is true any animal can be subject to this kind of cruelty and I have also seen those videos. I thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

The video with this article is very similar to the videos that activists use to incriminate the exotic pet trade. This is a useful hub that shows that any animal can be subject to human cruelty when money comes into the equation.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

writer20, I don't know who would vote maybe unless they were trying to save a dog. It is cruel the things that are done to these animals. It needs to be known that Amish do this kind of awful thing to pups and dogs. Thank you, for the vote.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Oh My! How heart braking the video is. What's wrong with those people, they are not even feeding those poor dogs and puppies enough and never letting walk around and run is so cruel. I hope they were all rescued.

After reading your I'm wondering who voted the maybe button, I would like a few choice words with them.

Voted up useful and really interesting.

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