totally devoted to dogs

Are People Who Buy From Puppy Farms as Much to Blame as The Puppy Farmers?

Hot Topics

As dog lovers, we must all, surely, feel a massive twang of pity and regret when we think of those puppies who have been bred for profit by breeders who are interested only in how to produce maximum volume of ‘stock’ with scant regard for the welfare, health or temperament of the animals they churn out month by month, year by year.

Puppy farms (or, as they are known outside of the UK – puppy mills) are alive kicking.

But how? Buy why?

Let’s see if we can find out…

I believe the media has been very generous to the people who, it could easily be argued, are REALLY responsible for the growth in puppy farms.

Puppy farmers aren’t the ONLY ones to blame for misery

The people I speak of are those who willingly dig in to their pockets and get their wallets out, to hand over cash to the cynical puppies- for-profits breeders – aka puppy farmers – who couldn’t care less about the fundamental principles of breeding good, healthy, well balanced dogs.

The puppy farmer only exists because people keep giving them money.

In all the coverage given to the puppy farming debate, have we missed the most obvious of points? That if people simply stopped fuelling this trade, we might actually get somewhere?

Don’t get me wrong, I have a huge moral and ethical objection to the people who trade in the suffering and misery of mass produced dogs. We can’t legitimately call ourselves a nation of animal lovers whilst we allow this to happen.

But, the fact is, these puppy farms would be a thing of the past if:

1) People refused to buy puppies from pet stores (and yes, I include the celebrities who buy from famous department stores in that – no GOOD breeder will EVER allow their stock to be ‘retailed’ in a pet store.)

2) People educated themselves on how to acquire a new dog, responsibly, rather than rushing out to buy a puppy from the first litter they see advertised in the free classified ads newspapers or websites.

Seriously, if those two things happened – the puppy farmer is left with no business. No trade. No customers. No money. No motivation to keep producing puppies.

Let’s think about it for a second; if people didn’t purchase from puppy farms and from pet shops, there’d be none.

So why do people do it?

Some of them are misguided, misinformed. OK, I accept that. But even so, in this year, in this day in age with ALL of the wealth of information that exists about how to obtain a dog responsibly, is it REALLY a valid excuse any more? I mean, really?

And for everyone who accidentally, unintentionally winds up putting money in to the pocket of puppy farmers, there’s certainly more folk who do it and who couldn’t really care less either way.

Whilst it is an ongoing disgrace that puppy farms are allowed to thrive and prosper in a country where laws, legislation and enforcement of such establishments have never really been properly crafted to a point where they have been forced out of business, whilst the demand exists – the puppy farmer will thrive.

If puppy farming is to be defeated, the first point of action needs to be in changing the attitude and behaviour of the people who are putting their money in to keep the puppy farms in business – that’s puppy buyers!

Look at this way; if there was ZERO demand for cocaine, would the governments of the world even need to make laws and spend BILLIONS on trying to combat traffickers around the globe? Of course not!

Zero demand for a product or service means the supplier is automatically redundant. They become extinct. It’s the laws of economics, supply and demand.

And let’s establish one thing, for the record, puppies are NOTHING like cocaine. So our failure to combat puppy farmers is interlinked, exclusively, with our failure to convince enough people of the right and wrong ways to acquire a dog ethically and responsibly. There is no chemical ‘high’ to be gained by buying a puppy from a puppy farmer.

How can we change this? How do we push for a culture change?

It’s going to be hard and I feel it’s going to take something big. But I am 100% convinced that even if we were to bring in laws that would legislate against puppy farms, if there is still a 10 or 20% demand from the same sort of people who acquiring their dogs from puppy farmers today, the laws themselves won’t be enough.

The media who carry adverts for puppy farmers, they are guilty as sin.

There are some big name, very profitable media businesses out there profiting from the misery of dogs. Whether they knowingly take adverts from puppy farmers or not, whether the fact that puppy farming in and of itself is NOT illegal (a disgrace in itself), surely there has to be an ethical, honest way to deny puppy farmers the oxygen of publicity? If people and businesses aren’t prepared to step up, how do we ever expect the public to understand that

  1. Just because a litter of puppies is advertised in a ‘legitimate’ publication, it doesn’t mean the puppy has been bred responsibly
  2. Just because a litter of puppies is for sale in a pet shop with a licence, it doesn’t mean the puppy has been bred responsibly
  3. Just because a litter of puppies has been bred by a ‘licenced breeder’ it doesn’t mean the puppy has been bred responsibly

If we really want to tackle the blight of puppy farming, puppies produced in dank, squalid conditions with profit as the only motive, then we – all of us honest, caring dog owners – need to speak up, speak out and repeat the following mantra:

“If you buy from a puppy farm, you’re as guilty as the puppy farmer. If you don’t have the knowledge to avoid a puppy farmed dog, then you’re not yet ready to own a dog.”

What more do we need to do to, once and for all, put an end to the misery of puppies bred for profits?

Have your say below!

Get Your Free Copy ⇢

Comments
  1. I have a dog who was a stud in a puppy mill. At the age of 2, he was put to use in a Quebec puppy mill, and for 4 years was confined to a crate, only coming out for breeding purposes. He had been beaten with a stick and kicked.
    He is now a happy dog who is becoming a great obedience dog. He is the cat’s best buddy and a good companion to my other 2 dogs.

    Here is my solution: It is illegal for pet stores to sell dogs or cats. They can offer dogs that are in shelters for adoption, but NEVER sell dogs.

    There needs to be federal/national laws that prohibit the breeding of more than 2 breeds per breeder/address.

    There has to be a law that requires anyone wanting to breed to register. If anyone sells puppies and haven’t registered, they are fined $100,000.00

    Breeders have to take responsibility for the owners they chose. If a dog is sold to someone, and they either don’t train it, or train it to be a biting aggressive dog, then both the owner and the breeder are to be held legally responsible.

    When I am ready to breed, I am going to sell my dogs for $1,000 more than anyone else, and when the owner comes back to me with an obedience title or an agility title, or any other title, they get their thousand dollars back.

    People should be required to get a permit to have a dog; this should not cost much, but it will serve as a record of someone looking for a dog. A breeder cannot sell to someone who doesn’t have this permit. My dogs came from a breeder who would not sell to me until she saw where they would live, and what I planned to do with them. This is a good breeder.

    The National/federal governments don’t want to get involved, but they need to consult with breeders of all kinds, animal welfare people and the public at large and come up with something that is fair that PROTECTS THE DOG AND PUTS THE RESPONSIBILITY ON THE OWNER AND BREEDER.

    I don’t believe in mixed breed dogs; If everyone had to pay over $1000 for a dog, they might take more care. Training should be mandatory, just like inoculations are.

    Dogs are great for your health, but not everyone should have one. They are just like children; they need the basics of food, water, shelter, affection, but they also need education and medical care.

    If there are unfit parents, then there are unfit owners, and it shouldn’t take setting fire to the animal or having 100 dogs in a small apartment to trigger an investigation.

    My dogs are spoiled, but they work for it. They have obedience titles, did well in agility, and are loved by all who meet them.

  2. its not just the farms that need closing but also some “breeders” you only need to look on doggy websites it is full of ex breeding bitches and suds needing a new home due to “no longer needed by breeder” these dogs have no social skills never been walked on a lead, overweight, terrified by human touch and most are no older than 5. I

  3. Well here in Canada this problems is still very much an issue. I did however get a dog from a puppy mill (farm) I did not contribute to the mill! I did however report them to the OSPCA and they were shut down a heavily charged and did not start up again. The puppy lived a GRAND life and passed a few years ago at the age of 15. The framers are not the only ones that need to be targeted here but the buyers of these dogs be them retailers,brokers or the actual owners. Once found guilty of owning or posessing an animal that was found to come from a farm or mill a large fine and community service needs to implememnted. Work in the humane society would be a good start. Maybe registering the breeders and retailers that sell the puppies is start. WE just need to start somewhere!
    Fines and banning the farmer from owning an animal is another place to start.
    I could go on for some time but I think I have got my point accross.
    Michael

  4. Scandalous! These people should be treat like animals. There are strays and rescue dogs crying out for good homes.

    This kind of heinous crime should not be supported!

  5. its a disgrace that these are getting away with this abuse as are the kennel club who encourage these breeds that are so messed with for “breed standard” they are disfigured with heart breaking side effects and the rsca are only interested in their bank account its not about animal welfare anymore, they have lost their way, too many fat cats sat counting their money.

  6. I purchased my puppy 4 years ago from a reputable breeder. I think Hollywood and many famouse stars are to blame for the rise in so many pure bred puppies and farms springing up. Each time you see someone in the paper, theyre holding a cute little dog in their arms or have a one on the leash near them.Rarely do you see a mutt. Dogs have become nothing more than status symbols to so many.Only to be left off or neglected when the next fad comes along. Sadly they wind up like last years hemlines. People do not realize that dogs become valuable part of peoples families or at least should be!I try to tell every one to stay away from puppy mills and farms. Seems its been getting worse and worse each year. I do support the spca in my local area and hope you all do as well.

  7. What do you have to say? Firstly let’s give them a better name, a farm is too nice a connotation and a mill is where flour is produced. These places produce Battery Puppies.

    I agree with the article, no buyers equates to nothing to sell. Rearing a litter of pups is a huge responsibilty, not a job. It should be outlawed to sell dogs from any pet shops. Placing adds in the paper next to the tumble dryer adds also makes me uncomfortable, any reputable breeder would baulk at such a thing.

    Creating new legislation is just more beauracracy – try enforcing the existing ones better – rspca spot checks (giving inspectors more power, for this at least). And what about the licences. I saw footage recently of a battery farm in wales who continued to be licenced by the council – who agreed to that!

    There is a common misconception from the public that when they see such a poor little rascal, they are saving it – not when money has changed hands – hide it under your jumper and make a run for it – that’s another story.

    There may well be a lack of education with regard to the general public but I have also experienced an active ignorance. When advising friends of possible inherited diseases and what to look out for when getting their puppy. The reaction was that of fear that amounted to putting their fingers in their ears and singing – forging on ahead regardless. It’s not enough to say that they fell in love with the puppy and money is no object. A short life going through one operation after another – where’s the quality.

    Don’t get me started on breed specs, shows and celebs!

  8. Cruelty and abuse are illegal in virtually all jurisdictions. This whole “puppy mill” thing is a construct of the radical animal rights, anti pet movement. The intent is to vilify and eventually outlaw all animal breeding. The fact that a breeder makes a profit does not in itself make them irresponsible. People who devote their lives to the betterment of their chosen breed deserve to be compensated as well as any other serious professional.

    This does not excuse those few who do produce inferior dogs through cruel or abusive practices. Existing laws should be enforced and public awareness should be heightened We should not however suggest that anyone who hopes to make a living in the field of animal husbandry is some kind of sadistic criminal. To do so plays into the hands of those who would deny us all the right to own any animal. .

  9. It really depends. If you were an inexperienced first time potential puppy owner, might you fall for an advertisement such as this?

    http://www.pupsonline.co.uk/html/home.html

    Many are, and there are many broken hearts as a result. SHAME ON S. BEDS COUNCILl AND TRADING STANDARDS for allowing this to continue!!!! SHAME ON YOU ALL!!!! It has been going on for too many years. You know what this is. DO SOMETHING!

  10. Having lived in the west of Wales for many years I have seen the trade in puppies and it is truely shocking – these money grabbing, miserable individuals produce hundreds of pup each year on hill farms in terrible conditions. I agree with the article – people want pedigree pups but do not want to pay the premium prices – so they get the ‘designer’ dog for a knock down price. Britain used to proudly describe itself as a nation of animal lovers, who are we kidding, shame on us for allowing this to continue. I agree with Fran animals should never be advertised in this way and every time an ad appears in the paper which appear to me to be suspect I report it, please do the same.

  11. I agree with Ryan O’Meara’s opinion piece in its entirety…as far as it goes. He gently mentions Pet Stores and Department Stores that sell puppies, originating from “not good Breeders” and ” big name media businesses” profiting from the misery of dogs. I have no doubts whatsoever that there is truth in both of these statements but one answer to the question posed at the end of Ryan’s piece, viz. “What more do we need to do to, once and for all, put an end to the misery of puppies bred for profits?”, could well be that Total Dog Magazine should start the ball rolling by periodically publishing a list of the known “offending” organisations and then let public opinion carry it further forward.

  12. I agree with this premise. Many people see those adorable puppies in pet stores and think that is the only way to get a dog. Too many don’t realize how many dogs are available to be adopted and how many rescue organizations exist with perfectly wonderful dogs. I can personally attest to the fact that an individual breeder is not necessarily responsible. Our last dog, whom I inherited from my daughter, was born with a congenital heart defect that eventually led to his death at age 2. Since this was hereditary the breeder’s motive was pure profit. The public needs to be better educated about the ease and joys of adoptions. If that were done perhaps we could put puppy mills out of business as pet stores wouldn’t be selling their puppies anymore.

  13. I totally agree with Sue and Fran (posted 15 April).
    First let me tell you a short story – a young couple came into my salon with a CROSSBREED, they had just paid £500-00 for this dog but said they could not afford to take it to the vet to have it fully checked over This CROSSBREED had been given a rather grand name, it was still a CROSSBREED. Three weeks later I was told by the father of the young lady that the puppy had died, it was very weak when I saw it and I advised them to take it to the vet – did they – I don’t know.
    The general public needs to be shocked, but not by a documentary as so few potential dog owners will watch them, the goverment need to produce a few short sharp advertisments, its a better way to get to the general public.
    When I moved to South Wales before my business became full time I volunteered as the local rescue centre, this centre takes in ex breeding bitches and stud dogs, the bitches have usually been over bred out by the age of three. The last time I was at the centre the van arrived with the dogs in and when I put my hand into the cage I could not feel fur, all I could feel was slim and excrement and when I had removed this poor westie from the cage the the fleas where all over her, this dog came from puppy farm – I don’t know where she ended up but hell would have been an improvement on the start of her life. Show these facts to the puppy buying public that come as far as the Severn Bridge to pick up the new dog,
    The rescue centres know where the puppy farms are but unless they want the dogs “that have passed the sell buy date” to be spade (hit over the head with a spade) they keep mum and rescue these poor creatures and give them new homes.
    On a main road in South Wales there is a sign that always says puppys for sale, the only thing that changes is the breed or breeds that are avaliable – is this responsible breeding NO money making!!!!

  14. I agree with the article. Supply and demand is in action.

    I doubt there are many people who don’t know of the existence of rescue centers for dogs. The only reason these are not used is SNOBBERY. I chatted to a man in the park about our dogs only yesterday who had been admiring my dog until I told him she was a rescue dog. She is still the same dog that seconds before he was raving about! He said that he got a pedigree because “he wanted to know what he was getting.”

    Incidentally my dog is a Lurcher, yes a CROSSBREED shock horror (albeit often a deliberate cross rather than acccidental mating.) She has many rosettes she has won at fun dog shows and we are stopped daily by people admiring her looks and temperament.

    Not all resuce dogs are crossbreeds some are pure breed with/out papers. Sadly paying more money for a dog doesn’t mean it will be well treated. Look at all the celebrities who treat dogs as accessories to be disposed of like last seasons clothes bags etc. A lady who also uses that park has a Bichon Frise (sp?) with papers that at age 4 months is on it’s fourth owner. How sad is that. That pup is a joy, friendly to people and dogs alike but it was v active and was not house trained. These were “reasons” for it going into a rescue centre. It’s a pup for heavans sake they are ment to be active and need to be taught toiletting. What had the original owners expected???
    They should get a stuffed toy not a real dog.

    Plus what the man above” would get” could well be a host of health problems caused by inter breeding pedigree dogs. Muts are lovely, they have individual looks, personality and lack the health issues. They aren’t all badly behaved, in fact they are so forgiving of humans and amasingly trusting after what they have been through.

    The most compelling reason to get a rescue dog rather than go to a puppy farm is that every year thousands of healthy dogs are destroyed because there are not enough homes for them all. My own adorable dog was just minutes away from this when she was rescued by a wonderful woman who I can not thank enough. To want a dog you should be a dog lover. As a dog lover how can you want more (pedegree) dogs to be bred when it means less homes for rescue dogs = more put to sleep.

    I hope this makes sence as I get v emotional about this subject.

  15. Puppy Mills / Puppy Farming are possibly one of the most disgusting creations on earth!!! And furthermore so little is done to stop them. WE had a huge controversy last year in South Africa, when a Puppy Mill was reported to a local independent Radio Station, who went in under-cover and showed South Africans through their blog the disgusting, terrifying, cruel in-humane conditions these dogs were being kept under. A very well know TV Presenter then furthered our cause and more extreme footage was shown.
    The owner was arrested, let out on bail of R10 000.00 and promptly skipped the country. There were over 350 dogs / puppies of all breeds in this pigsty ( and I can tell you that Pigs would not have lived under those conditions), among them 15 Pugs – I run Pug Rescue in the Limpopo Province of South Africa and have 6 pugs (all rescued) and I foster up to another 6 – 10 until I can re-home them and once I am satisfied, have them adopted.
    When this story hit, I immediately organised a “Dog Day Afternoon” with a High Tea in the small village I live in. I raised R6 700.00 which was sent to Pug Rescue in Johannesburg as they had taken all 15 of the pugs from this puppy farm.
    The good news is, all 15 of those pugs were re-homed and seeing the pictures of ‘before and after’ still brings tears to me. Tears of joy that they are loved, warm and fed, but also Tears of anger when I think of the extreme conditions they went through and survived.
    Yes I my opinion Puppy Farming SHOULD BE BANNED!!
    Regards and pug hugs

  16. Puppy farms should be closed down, the puppy farmer should be charged with the crime of cruelty and sent to prison. However, the RSPCA do not do enough to strip these horrible people of their money making from the misery of the poor dogs.The dogs on a puppy farm are kept in terrible conditions, I have seen such a farm and was sickened. I phoned the RSPCA, they went to see the puppy farm and just told the woman to cut back on the dogs and clean up the kennels. That was all, what then is the use of the RSPCA when they don’t close down these places?

    I agree with the article, if people want a pedigree they should go to small breeders who breed for the love of the breed and to keep a puppy for themselves.

  17. i think it is a real shame that people are willing to buy from these sorts of places, but also you do have the thought that maybe there doing it to take the puppy away and give it a better home, there are a lot of moral issues to this and i have to say that i am not one to judge people who use these places i dont know what reason they have and i can understand the feeling of wanting to take the puppy away from a place like this, but really it is a catch 22 if you but your helping sustain the farm if you dont you a overwhelming guilt, i have no opinion on this but i would not buy from one of these places myself.

  18. After my mother-in-law passed away dad decided he would like to give a home to an adult dog. He ended up with the sweetest Yorkshire Terrier imaginable. She had been used for breeding purposes and the conditions were terrible (he told us). Unfortunately soon after that dad passed away and we looked after “Tammy”. She learned to bark whilst with us and was the loveliest of dogs with such a friendly personality. However, feeding all the puppies had taken their toll and she had lots of lumps and bumps. She ended up with a total mammary strip after a long operation at the vets and a big cost to us. Ofcourse we were happy to pay it and she ended up living a long (and I hope happy) life with us, passing away 4 years ago. We think she was about 15 but we aren’t sure. it isn’t only the puppies we need to be concerned about!

  19. Katrina – I don’t believe that any of the previous commentators were only concerned with the puppies – the breeding stock are kept in appauling conditions we all know that, but without common sense purchasing of pets – it will never stop – whilst people want pedigree puppies at a knock down price it will never be halted.
    All of us should stand up and be counted. Anyone who genuinely believes that animal rights are a secondary concern is a fool and should check our the meaning of the word humanity – I am hopeful one day, we can again be recognised as a nation of true animal lovers and hold our head high as being the first nation to wipe out puppy farming and the indescriminate breeding of all domestic animals for gain.

  20. Nobody should buy a dog from a breeder, farm of otherwise. There’s to many dogs in rescue homes who need good loving family homes. I don’t buy into this “designer” dog culture at all. people wanting dogs because such and such has got one etc…shameful

  21. I’m afraid that there are more “Bad” pet owners than “Good” Unfortunately, very few Dogs (or any other kind of Pet) get the Love and attention they deserve because, to so many people, a Pet is just another possession. How many children talk Mom & Dad into getting a pet with promises of, I’ll take care of it and walk it and feed it and clean-up behind it? I guess we’ve all been there. I’ve never understood how anyone could pay such a high price for a pet and not know everything they could about that pets Parents, environment and history. I see Men and Women risking their Lives to stop Whalers from killing a Whale and I wonder where are the Champions for all these poor, mistreated Dogs. You are absolutely correct, until the Profit is removed from the “Pet Slave Trade” it will contiue to thrive.
    We need Jail terms and re-education for any offenders who would hurt or abuse any Animal. We need a International Database to keep track of offenders and mandatory notification of their locations any time they move just like Sexual Predators. Those of us who care should be able to find those who don’t so we can take the Fight to them or at least keep an Eye on them.
    More than anything, the Sale of Pets should become illegal Worldwide. If you want to raise multiple animals it should be out of Love for that species, NEVER for Profit. We should be held responsible for the pets we take in or raise by means of electronic monitoring so that anytime that an animal has to be “Put Down” for whatever reason, it’s owner will be present to witness and to pay for the outcome of his Ignorance. (Maybe we could give the owner the SAME treatment that his neglected charges recieve and “Put Him Down” Too!)
    I know these are extreme measures but they are no more extreme than what I would do to Anyone that would try to Harm my Taffy! SINCERELY: Robert B.

  22. —Addendum—

    Please don’t think that by simply not buying these puppies our problems with these breeders would end because then they would simply kill the animals so they wouldn’t have to continue to feed and house them.
    We need to rescue the victims and incarcerate the
    IN-Humans that are responsible.

  23. Of course demand fuels supply, as with everything else & puppy “farms “should be illegal,those who run them should face the stiffest penalties, but I fear that won’t happen because there aren’t enough resources or enough will to do it. This is far from a new problem – in 1971 I bought a poodle from a registered breeder. When I went to see him I was horrified by the conditions that he & his mother were kept in. the RSPCA “spoke” to the owner, who I’m sure just went on doing what he did. Freddie turned out to be a healthy, happy boy, whom I still remember with love. The idea that we are a nation of animal lovers is, I think, a myth. Just because we don’t go in for bear baiting doesn’t mean we have animals’ best interests at heart.

  24. I really don’t like people who use animals to make money out of them. I hate to say this but my two dogs came from a breeder who used to live near where i live. we had another dog called Kirk who was a 3 year old rescue German Sheppard who the previuos owner left him tied up to a tree outside a shop,some friends of us called the rspca and was taken away as we were looking for a dog our friends told us about it and we got in touch with the rspca after waiting for a week in case someone claim the dog back the rspca contact us and we fetch him he was only 6 months old.
    My husband and I gave him a lovely home and he gave us three years of loving until he got cancer in the brain and we had to let him go . i was so upset, i still get upset when i think of him like i’m now writting this . After a month of his death was my birthday and my husband and friends organised a birthday party surprise for me, and as i was talking to some of the guess my husband come out from the room with a little carton box with a puppy on it i just cry in front of everyone , after the party and everyone gone i ask my husband where he got the puppy and told me about this person selling them and he also told my that he had bougth another one from the same person as aparently was a litter of 6 puppies i told my husband i wasn’t happy he bought them i told him a would prefered to save another dog from the dogs home . well to cut my story short my two dogs were the only dogs this person sold as i was told, and the rspca got involve and took away the rest of the puppies who knows what happened to them i hope they fund loving homes . I love my dogs very much, and i will make sure that next time we need a dog it doesn’t come from a breeder. so lets stop buying dogs from them and rescue the ones that really need a home There is too many dogs in rescue centers so please, please, give them a loving home thank you

  25. All i have to say on the matter is where ever there’s a market for this sort of thing ie while ever people buy from these puppy farms, breeders will continue to farm puppies….simple as.

  26. Reading all the comments above it seems that all breeders are being tarred with the same brush. Not all people who breed dogs keep them in filthy living conditions.

    I have x2 dogs who were both bought from seperate breeders. The first one was hand reared for 12 weeks by the breeder (who had to leave her work to do this) because the mother had a calcium deficiency that made her unable to look after her own pups. My second dog was raised in an outdoor kennel by the mother with her 5 brothers and sisters. Just because some dogs are not raised in a cosy, centrally heated house does not mean that the breeder is running a puppy farm.

    It is very unfair to try and force everyone to only get dogs from rescue homes. Of course, this is the prefered place to get your life long companion from but sometimes this just does not work out. Say you needed a non-shedding dog due to allergies and there were none available for adoption at the rescue home, would you just take home any dog? No…if this happened then the dog would just end up straight back in the home soon afterwards. Probably more emotionally scarred than when he went in the first time!

    If all the puppy farms were shut down then where would these little tykes end up? The Rescue Shelter! These shelters do not have the funds or capacity to handle such a large volume of dogs. Humans will always want dogs for companionship but if the supply of pups drops then humans will just find more horrifying ways to procure these dogs………i dread to think.

  27. Certainly the people who buy from these “puppy mills” are a part of the problem. In a real way, they create the demand that makes such places profitable. However, in most cases, we’re talking about someone who just wants a dog and probably has no idea that whom you buy from matters that much. They want a pet — and they want to provide a pet a good home and good care. Their intentions are honorable.

    To be honest, the only coverage of this shameful practice is in places where loving pet-owners will see them. Sure, occasionally the news will do it as a fluff piece, but other than that — where have you seen coverage of these places and these “crimes against puppies” outside pet websites or blogs?

    The simple truth is that we need to expose these people to the average person, to let them not what’s happened to his or her new dog. And we need to carefully explain what’s wrong with this situation.

    And if the Supreme Court can declare that Corporations have some of the same rights and liberties of individual citizens — one of the most incredibly stupid decisions in the history of that body which we could once call august and fair — why not give puppies rights too?

  28. All good recommendations but what most of the previous posts seem not to mention is that once a puppy is born – regardless of it coming from a puppy farm or elsewhere it deserves a loving and good home. Legislation needs to stop these establishments – otherwise we are in a never ending kind of chicken egg kind of situation.

  29. So he’d rather by from a puppy mill because he want’s to “know what he’s getting”? That’s exactly the problem – they don’t. A lot of time you know more about a rescue dog than from a puppy mill dog!

  30. Nobody is talking about reputable breeders. With that I mean breeders who know about genetics, breed standards and genetic markers. But you need to educate yourself. Until you have first hand seen (as i have) the horrors of a puppy mill you won’t understand. And if you knew how many dogs are put down every day, because shelters can’t find a home for them and are overpopulated you would probably think differently. There are so many rescues out there who specialize in certain breeds, that if you need a hypoallergenic dog you can find one in a rescue with a little research and work!

  31. You can NOT be serious! This article does not talk about responsible breeders who “devote their lives to the betterment of their chosen breed.” (although I have my own thoughts on that). And if you think there are only “a few who do produce inferior dogs through cruel or abusive practices” – think again! I dare say that there are more irresponsible breeders than there are responsible ones. Or maybe it’s just because they produce mass quantities. And before you say anything – I’m very far from the “radical animal rights”, I’m not a vegetarian, I wish every household could own a pet (or two). I’ve been in rescue for almost 10 years now and I have first hand witnessed the horrors of a puppy mill when I volunteered to care for the 400 dogs that were taken from a”backyard” breeders home and couldn’t be adopted out, because they were “evidence” in the court case. Just because “cruelty and abuse are illegal” doesn’t mean that irresponsible people won’t do it. The key is education – and it needs to start with you!

  32. I do agree with the article for the most part. I’m not sure how to achieve this “no demand” policy, though.

    I think the key is education. I’ve worked in rescue for a long time and now am involved with a rescue group I helped start. People in general are “stupid”. Or maybe “ignorant” is the better word. We need to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, about what goes on in shelters, why dogs end up in shelters, etc., etc. Maybe then they will understand that adopting is the better option and that – while I don’t agree – there is a place for responsible breeders who know about genetics and how to breed desirable traits.

  33. I absolutely agree with this article. Too many of the programmes and articles about puppy farms take the point of view of sympathising with the ‘poor owners’ who have paid hundreds of pounds for a puppy which either dies or has multiple health problems and costs a fortune in vet fees. I have no sympathy at all for these people, they chose to buy into this horrible trade. The poor dogs have no choice.

    Although I’ve been involved in rescue for many years I accept that a rescue dog may not be right for everyone, but if you buy from a breeder you have to be prepared to do your research and ensure they are a good breeder, and you have to be prepared to wait – often for many months – for a litter to come along. Unfortunately many people ‘want it now’ and close their eyes to where the pups have come from.

    If the market for farmed puppies suddenly stopped then yes, a lot of the current breeding stock would probably be destroyed, but imo that’s better than a continued life of misery for them and for all the future generations who will replace them once they pass breeding age.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *