Essential Question: What are solutions that can end puppy mills?
Puppy mills are mass breeding facilities that show little to no care for animals. They are created so companies can breed animals to make purebreds. The animals are not well taken care of and many of them die from either disease or giving birth too many times in their life span. There should be laws and guidelines to regulate the operation of puppy mill facilities. Puppy mills bring torture to animals and need to be stopped.
Puppy mill breeding causes many health problems for the animals involved. Many dogs have illnesses and diseases because of the environment around them. Many puppy mill operators fail to remove sick dogs from the breeding area and cause other animals to become infected as well. There are many diseases dogs while being in puppy mills. Some of theses diseases are heart disease, kidney disease, endocrine disorders, respiratory disorders and many more. The puppies created often arrive in pet stores and homes with diseases as well. (ASPCA)
According to a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania Medicine, it has been proven dogs bred in puppy mills are unable to demonstrate impaired health. Animals from puppy mills show uncontrollable abnormal behavioral characteristics that causes fear easily. (Hawaiian Humane Society) Animals in puppy mills are not bred for the quality of the animal created but for the quantity of it. Many of the animals not only gain defects but can also be handed the defect from generation to generation. (PETA) In many of the puppy mills, animals are placed in small cages with very little room to move around because there is multiple dogs with them. There has been cases where a dog has been injured from a fight because of the lack of spacing and no way to escape. These animals are kept in these cages, often, never touching the ground to run and play. Many times, animals has also lost a leg or foot because they have been caught through the floor of the wired cage. Struggling to get out, they sometimes loose it. (Prisoners of Greed)
Another problem with puppy mills is the greed the owners have. They don't spend their money on suitable foods for the animals, but instead buy food by the truck load so its cheaper. Although it sounds like a good idea, it is only common sense that the food will rot but will only cause sickness to the animals when fed. Puppy mill owners also find other way to save money like no finding proper housing or veterinary care. (Prisoners of Greed)
There is a act called the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) established in 1966, which requires that minimum standards of care and treatment be provided for certain animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially, or shown to the public. This act protects animals at the wholesale level but does not effect those in smaller operations. The inspections for proper housing in kennel act upon AWA but it is set as low priority because of the...