Frequent readers will know that our little girl, Olive, was rescued from a puppy mill. They will know that I am among many active crusaders who are working to put puppy mills to death. May they all go out of business and suffer forever the effects of the hell they are destined for.
Yes, I am more than passionate about this topic. I continue to feel such anger and disbelief about how and why any sentient being would do such horrible things to another sentient being (yes, dogs to think), that I will not stop covering this issue and demanding the rest of the world pay more attention.
This is a blog hop and I hop you will visit all of the blogs by going to Dolly the Doxie's blog or to Fidose of Reality. Each person has another view and another fact, to share. We all want an end to this issue. Help us on Twitter with this hashtag: #PuppyMillActionWeek
I, however, have a different view of how to stop it. I believe the bigger world - the world beyond blogs and social media, where so many people move about their daily tasks - oblivious to the plight of these poor creatures living in squalor and pain at a 'farm' somewhere nearby - is where the answer lies.
I believe we MUST make this issue a topic of conversation in those circles. I believe we must get this information in front of average people who may or may not have pets, but who would see and understand and be as angered and appalled at the conditions in puppy mills as you and I, dear reader.
Here's how I think we can make strides in (a) getting the average person to see the problem and (b) getting the average person to do something about it... by convincing TV dramas to cover this issue. Maybe they won't make a full episode about puppy mills. But, they could insert a puppy mill in the story, show an abused dog, show a rescued dog, have one of US appear as an extra with one line, I don't care.
I think the villain in the story should conduct business with a puppy mill proprietor and be shown for the demon he or she is, along with the puppy mill proprietor. I think the plot should include the rescue of a dog from a pet store that accepts dogs from puppy mills. I think the actors should include a psychologist who can demonstrate how mistreatment of animals is a precursor to abuse and neglect of women and children. I think if the general public saw more instances of this... with real dialogue talking about puppy mills, talking about how the courts favor them over rescuers because dogs are property... much like a toy or a tool...with no feeling for the dog's emotional well being or her health and welfare... I think we'd begin to hear from more people who want to join our crusade... and it would spell the death of puppy mills.
Yes, to all of those. Yes, to every effort, every blog post, every voice raised against this horrific,cruel practice!
It's up to us. It's up to the voices who will stand up and demand change. It's up to us. WE must employ the right means and make the right choices. In those choices, I believe, is the idea of broadcasting this problem far and wide by including it in police dramas on TV and even in movies. It can be done.
We need merely to create a plan and execute it.
There are horrific things going on in the world, things that we see shown on the news every night. We may despair that we, in our little homes, behind closed doors, cannot do anything about those horrible events...and many times we are right. Our reaction is to have elections and help our elected officials deal with the tragedies happening the world over - as they should, as we should.
But, this tragedy... this horror... this unacceptable treatment of innocent creatures is happening in our own backyards. We CAN do a LOT to stop it. Yes, we can. And we MUST! I so believe the Einstein quote that says,
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”
Death to Puppy Mills, I say. And, justice for the animals in puppy mills. Put those horrid, unfeeling people who run them away... life in prison is too nice a result, but I wish that on them all.
Death to Puppy Mills. It has to happen. We have to make it happen.
- YES, 99 percent of all pet store puppies are from puppy mills.
- Approximately 2.5 million puppies are born in puppy mills annually and more than 400,000 breeding stock dogs are imprisoned in these kennels.
- An estimated 3 to 4 million shelter dogs die every year.