One photo of an emaciated puppy was enough to spark outrage on the part of animal rights protesters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania the other day. According to ABC affiliate WHTM, local animal rights protesters took to the streets to call for the state to not only ban unlicensed dog breeding facilities (aka puppy mills) and strengthen animal cruelty laws. It was reported that almost 80 citations were issued in Pennsylvania resulting from a state law passed in 2015. But that’s not enough for Lancaster County protesters.
As I have pointed out before, the truth is the puppy mills cause is one of the ways animal rights groups seek to outlaw domestic animal ownership. Groups like PETA allege the practice of selling animals bred in large or small scale animal breeding facilities is cruel and inhumane. However, what the real goal of such efforts is to shut down breeders. They are condemned by animal rights groups regardless of their size.
Opponents of so-called puppy mills claim that animals bred and sold from these facilities are of poor health due to overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Yet many times each of the facilities in question are regulated and inspected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and state agencies too. The USDA has a certification process where breeders and kennels agree to abide by routine inspections and standards to ensure their facilities are safe and cruelty free. Instead of a blanket ban on substandard breeders and kennels, individual ones that have cruel or bad conditions for the animals they breed should be targeted. Not all breeding operations treat and house their animals poorly.
Demonizing so-called puppy mills is a sinister campaign animal rights use to run pet shops out of business and lessen the means of which humans are able to purchase or adopt domesticated animals. So-called animal rights groups seek to outlaw such practices because they hate the idea of having animals bred for domesticated purposes. They use broad generalizations and outright lies in order to further their cause of not only preventing the usage of animals for ownership by humans but also to destroy the economy.
Puppy mills are a smoke screen to hide the evil purpose of animal rights organizations. Their goal with efforts to close or enact more rules on them in order to clamp down on animal cruelty, in reality, is to run pet stores out of business. This, in turn, throws hundreds of thousands of employees that are directly and indirectly employed in the pet industry out of work.