Essay On Puppy Mill

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An adorable puppy is heard to resist. Their sweet eyes, soft fur, and wiggly tails can brighten anyones day. One lick on the cheek and your heart melts. But have you ever given thought to where that sweet puppy came from? If you are at a pet store, chances are that puppy came from a puppy mill. A puppy mill is where dozens, and sometimes even several hundred dogs are kept in unimaginable conditions. They are kept in stacked, cramped wire cages, covered in their own filth. Many are sick, malnourished, never leave their cages, or even see the light of day. They have no idea what it feels like to be loved and cared for. The people running these facilities are only in it for profit and have no care for the wellbeing of the animals. The only way to stop the mass production of puppies, is to stop buying them from pet stores. If there is no profit, puppy mills will be forced to shut down.

Puppy mills began in the 1950’s. Struggling pig and poultry farmers were looking to supplement their income. Farmers began converting their coops into kennels to breed and sell puppies. The cost of raising puppies was cheap, and puppies were easy to sell. Farmers were making a steady income selling them. Today, the Humane Society of the United States
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Regulation states: “If a dog is housed, held, or maintained at a facility without sensory contact with another dog, it must be provided with positive physical contact with humans at least daily.” (Page 54, § 3.8 Animal and Plant inspection Service, USDA) Regulations also allow cages to be stacked and floors can be made of wire mesh. There are minimal requirements for outdoor shelter from the elements. Dogs can be kept outside in the heat, cold, wind and rain. The laws on this are vague. Regulations only stating dogs must have a roof, four sides and a floor. As well as “adequate” protection from direct rays of the sun and the direct effect of wind, rain, or

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