How Do Amish And Mennonites Make Money? How About Cruel Puppy Mills!
News on Puppy Mills.
- Puppies 'Viewed as Livestock' in Amish Community, Says Rescue Advocate
Some call Lancaster County the puppy mill capital of the U.S., and what most people don't know is that the Amish dominate the trade.
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 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.
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.
Oh Boy My Own Bed.
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.
Wisconsin Puppy Mills
- Two Amish Men Charged in the Killing of 9 Puppies
- Investigating Wisconsin's Puppy Mill Problem
A elderly Crandon couple was accused of running a puppy mill in their home. 75-year-old John Johnson and 70-year-old Jackie Johnson were each charged with 14 counts of animal mistreatment.
- Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project
A 12-year battle for regulation of dog breeders and sellers.
Amish Auctions Would You Buy From Them.
- Boney's Story
Read how one Houston man made a remarkable discovery while out mowing a vacant lot adjacent to his property. He found a thrown-away pet carrier...a dog inside.
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.
UW Madison Cruel to Cats.
- Cats Tormented and Killed in University Lab
PETA reveals horrific cruelty at UW-Madison, where a cat named Double Trouble was tormented for months before being killed and decapitated.
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.