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The Blood Diamonds of Animal Welfare

Go back a couple of decades.  Imagine yourself walking down the street.  You pass a jewelry store with a beautiful diamond tennis bracelet in the window.  You go in, negotiate a price and off you go with a diamond studded bracelet for yourself or loved one.  You have no idea that you’ve just funded a war in Africa and the unimaginable horrors associated with those wars.

Fast forward to present day.  You’re walking down the street.  You pass a pet store with beautiful, happy, clean puppies in the window.  Some are sleeping; some are playing…the picture of innocence.  You go in, negotiate a price, and off you go with a brand new pup for yourself or a loved one.  You have no idea that you’re probably funding the unspeakable horrors of a puppy mill.

I’m always astonished to discover how many of my friends and family members, at one point or another in their lifetime, have purchased a dog from a pet store or a backyard breeder.  The conversation nearly always concludes with an ‘I had no idea.’  It’s a simple fact that most folks don’t realize that the cute little fuzzy puppy in the pet store most likely came from a puppy mill.

It was Global Witness, Amnesty International and other groups that brought the unbelievable dark-side of the diamond industry to the forefront of the mainstream public.  Through a brilliant awareness campaign and a business embargo on targeted wholesalers by retailers like storied jeweler, Tiffany & Co., they made ‘blood diamond’ a common catch phase throughout the American lexicon.  They had people thinking twice before buying just any diamond.  Now, educated consumers everywhere were asking their local diamond retailer thoughtful, intelligent questions about the origins of their precious stones.

What most people didn’t know was that behind this shiny consumer bauble was a trail of blood, death and suffering.  That was the case for the conflict diamonds that funded wars, child soldiers and human dismemberment.

In a similar way, those beautiful puppies in pet stores across America are a type of blood diamond.  It’s estimated that 95% of all puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills (breeding factories) and the majority of consumers have no idea.  What’s riding on the backs of these cute little pups is a house of horrors.  Mom dogs are bred and bred, sometimes with the use of breeding or rape racks, until their little bodies can’t take anymore, and at which point they are either killed or turned over to an auction to be sold for pennies, dumped in shelters or simply abandoned to the hands of fate.

High volume commercial breeders that sell to these bling-filled pet stores are supposed to be registered with the USDA, but even those regulations allow for appalling conditions and standards of care.  A dog the size of a beagle can legally be kept for its entire life in a wire bottom cage the size of a dishwasher without ever touching the ground, let alone grass.

The business calculation of a puppy mill is mass production and low cost per unit shipped.  Profits are made or lost at the margins and the margins are trimmed at the expense of the animals.  Costs are saved on quality of food, vet care, heating, and staff to provide basic care – like keeping the cages cleaned. It’s a cruel and inhumane factory-type setting that’s inappropriate to apply to a living, breathing creature. 

In No More Homeless Pets terms, puppy mills crank out over 2 million puppies per year.  It’s estimated that every year 4-5 million animals die in our shelters.  It doesn’t take a genius or an activist to understand that over 2 million puppy mill dogs are displacing wonderful, adoptable, healthy animals that are being killed in shelters across this country.  Approximately 25-30% of shelter dogs are purebred and likely come from mills or irresponsible breeders.

This November a very important proposition is on the ballot in Missouri, home to 40% of the puppy mills in this country.  Best Friends is supporting this ballot initiative, along with 61 other animal welfare and protection agencies including the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA.

We don’t believe dogs belong in any type of factory, but this proposition is an important start in turning the tide on this horrific industry.  Whether they’re well run or poorly run, a puppy mill is still a puppy mill.  Dogs don’t belong there; they belong in loving homes as family pets.

Julie Castle

Paid for by Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B, Judy Peil, Treasurer

To read more about Proposition B and its importance, not just for the dogs of Missouri, but across the country, click here.

  • Melspetpals

    Thank you for writing such a powerful piece and for the great analogy. As the owner of one of those breeding dogs I can tell you that the horrors she suffered must have been unimaginable. I got Daisy at age 4 and I have had her almost 3 years. It wasn’t until this year that she started to show signs of what a wonderful and loving dog she inside. She was always gentle, always loved men (not women-which lead me to believe the puppy mill owner was a woman) and always ran first when fearful, but this year she has cuddled with me, plays with other dogs (she never did that before either) and approaches women on her own.
    I have only see the after-effects of her abuse, but I know that educating people on what she went through in a puppy mill does help people to understand why buying a dog from a pet store or backyard breeder is wrong.
    I pray that Missouri, the worst of the worst, votes to pass the proposition. The tide is changing. Slowly. But, it is changing.

    • Amber

      I’m in the same boat. My dog was rescued from one of the MO puppy mills about 14 months ago where she was used as a breeding dog. It’s been a LONG road at best, but she has come very far with her socialization and trust issues. She bonded with me very quickly, but it took a good 9 months before she began to trust and bond with my mother. She still will not approach any man on her own and is still hesitant when I introduce them. I was warned that she would never play like a “normal” dog, but I think living with my other dog has helped her overcome that obstacle and learn how to play. She recently began to show the play bow with our other dog, which was a huge milestone to me. After seeing the extreme anxiety and fear everything causes her, I would love nothing more than to see puppy mills closed down altogether. I pray that this bill passes because it sickens me to think that there are thousands of more dogs suffering in the same conditions that my pup did for the first 4 years of her life.

  • education is key

    I work in a euthanizing shelter in a rural part of the country. We, where population is low, see between 4000 and 5000 animals per year. Our euthanasia rate is around 80 percent for dogs and just over 90 percent for cats. The bulk of animals put down at our facility are feral cats. We run an adoption program and work with no-kill facilities, whose adoption practices we support. However, most of the owner surrendered animals we get have already been rejected by no-kill facilities. If we see that many animals per year, I do not find it such a huge stretch that annual e-rates in the country top 3 million. Obviously, I do not know this for sure.
    Our animal control agents generally don’t enforce pet limits unless humane care, neighbor complaints, or incessant breeding become issues.
    The truth of the matter is that more animals than there are homes. Obviously, any rational person doesn’t agree with inhumane conditions or animal abuse. However, the discussion should be when to breed and when not too. There are millions of puppies in shelters that need homes, why purchase them from a pet store when you could save one? Why breed your pets unless you are improving, enhancing or continuing certain aspects of a pure breed? Be responsible about where you spend your money and and breeding practices you employ. If you don’t have a purebred dog or cat who you plan to breed…get it fixed. In my opinion, there isn’t a rational reason not to.
    Purebred dogs are surrendered to shelters on a regular basis. Most of time, my experience has led me to believe that it’s people who have purchased a cute puppy at a pet store or from a breeder, but didn’t bother to investigate traits of the breed.
    The whole problem with animal overpopulation is lack of education. Educate people. Educate people about breeds, breeding practices, adoption choices and sterilization. If everybody would stop arguing policies and start by just trying to educate the people around you, we would do the animals a much greater service.

  • Jon Dunn

    Ok I am stepping in.

    I just deleted two comments.

    We welcome discussion on the issues. Debate can be healthy as we go through these incredibly important issues.

    What will not be allowed are personal attacks and/or vulgar references. I realize this is emotional, but let’s keep it decent.

    Jon Dunn
    Internet Marketing Manager
    Best Friends Animal Society

  • Anonymous

    USDA rules do not allow for appalling conditions.. USDA like all government groups need MONEY to to operate.. we need more inspectors .. not more laws..the proposed law calls for animals to be fed once every 24 hours.. the current law calls for animals to be fed every 12 hours.. which is better? Perhaps BF .. or even some of you here could be trained to be a USDA inspector. Long hours.. little pay.. but think of the good you could do.. now i an off to deliver some fencing to a person who needs it..

    • Elizabetho

      The current laws that regulate commercial breeding do not require anything more than the minimum standards of care. They do not require nutritious food, socialization, comfortable housing or adequate exercise or veterinary care. Best Friends believes that dogs deserve better. Enforcement is indeed critical, yet that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement in the standards of regulations being enforced.

  • Anonymous

    like Lindsey.. uh like No.. like is a verb..did you miss that while outside smoking during English 101? I skipped typing..

  • Jack

    This article is ridiculous but Best Friends has become known more and more for the lies of the animal rights agenda. To say a pet shop puppy “probably” comes from a horrible puppy mill is simply not true and little more than a lie. The truth is some do and most don’t.

    Nobody wants to see animals kept in horrible conditions but the animal rights agenda is based upon the belief that humans shouldn’t own animals — any animals. This agenda is to make it more and more expensive and more and more difficult to own animals. The agenda is to shut down responsible breeders a little at a time and they’re doing it through this puppy mill hysteria. Shutting down responsible breeders through this kind of irresponsible sensationalism is no better than a lie – and that’s what Best Friends is doing.

    • Elizabetho

      Jack,

      It is inaccurate and unfair to group all animal welfare groups together, and there is no sweeping “animal rights agenda.” Best Friends absolutely does not believe that humans shouldn’t have animals as companions. This is why we focus so much of our energy and resources on adoption programs.

      The fact is that most pet shop puppies do come from puppy mills, as responsible hobby breeders do not breed often enough to produce enough puppies to supply all of the pet stores across the country — high volume commercial breeding is the only way to produce those high numbers, which is why puppy mills are so prevalent.

      It could not be easier to obtain an animal. Visit any one of the hundreds of thousands of shelters, rescue groups, humane societies or SPCAs around the country, and you will find every size, age and breed of healthy, adoptable animals looking for homes, at adoption fees that are a fraction of what pet stores charge. If you prefer to purchase from a breeder, there are many responsible hobby breeders who do not subject their dogs to the cruelty that puppy mills do.

  • Anonymous

    PS perhaps someone here could tell me BF’s policy on TRN..and if they do support it.. how much money do they give and where does it go? thanks

  • Anonymous

    Cross fire.. you need a quick lesson in biology.. dogs want to breed.. usually twice a year.. they cannot be bred “constantly” .. you cannot force a male to breed a bitch if they are not ready.. it is not like humans.
    and many dogs are killed in shelters because people do not believe in no kill.. or they support pet limits or they want no one to foster dogs and cats.. the main portion of animals killed in shelters are not dogs.. they are feral cats..they are killed in MOST shelters before they even get to the back room.. i spent the afternoon helping a woman get her feral colony under control.. why.. because animal control told her they would pick them up .. and KILL them what did you do today besides spread hate and venom?

  • Anonymous

    I am neither but it is interesting that “people” always want to group others into some negative aspect when they disagree with them or point out that it is not ALL BAD out there.. I work with people every day trying to keep their animals with them.. I fight pet limits.. mandatory castration laws, support free and low cost castration for all peoples pets.. encourage castrations when I can..and more.. so not I am not a “back yard breeder”.. nor am I a “miller” ( is that a person who grinds grain?) but I am a believer in the best in people.. not the worst..I have seen people cry like babies when they have had to give up their pets.. not everyone throws their ‘mill dog” in the front door and runs.. I have seen well run clean commercial facilities that would rival many “hobby breeders ” ( do you them or are they on you SH** list too?

  • Anonymous

    My best friend is a “repro vet’ He says.. breed your bitches early ( third season or second depending on breed) and back to back. and yes then spay them to avoid pyo

  • Anonymous

    I do not work “in a shelter”.. but I am a certified Humane officer who works to help people KEEP their pets in their homes instead of calling them “hoarders and animal abusers”..I help breed rescues get theri breeds out of shelters ( when the shelter will allow them to take them.. many times they prefer to sell the dogs themselves for BIG BUCKS even though they have no papers)
    I see some shelters that have MULTI MILLION dollar bank accounts.. and yet when they are down on dogs to sell they IMPORT them so the uppers in the agency will still have jobs.. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard shelter workers say.. Oh we would love to close our doors.. but when it get to the pot where they COULD.. they remember.. Oh wait.. i have to get paid.. support you LOCAL shelter..an work to help people KEEP their pets in the home…most people are really good an most do not wan to give up their pets.. You people here seem to hate people and blame then for every problem.. not so.. Fearnot.. i

  • Anonymous

    ROB..It would be the very same as it is now.. many shelters are EMPTY .. so they IMPORT dogs.. 222 came in from Puerto Rico last week.. many of them diseased and castrated as early as two weeks.. many were killed upon arrival or shortly after so I guess you could not count those unless you really care about the death of dogs …. read Nathan Winograd No -kill and then get back to me.. Samantha..even in the best of circumstances sometimes vaccines do not work.. did you read about Oprahs “shelter dogs rescue”.. died of parvo.. and the other one was very sick.. i now many people who have dogs from commercial breeders.. all healthy and happy..parvo can be found ANYWHERE at any time.. in fact it is mostly found .. where ?? IN SHELTERS..

  • Rob Robison

    Imagine what the population in the shelters would be if there were no puppy mills!

    • wsmerendini

      The numbers of dogs and cats in shelters in greatly inflated by HSUS and PETA – check it out. You can find the correct figures for each State.

      Oh, just as an aside – did you know that PETA kills more dogs than any other shelter? True. Their kill rate is 90%

  • During one of the checkup’s from Solomon’s surgery, there was a patient at the vets with a maltipoo puppy from a pet shop that they had just barely saved from a bout of Parvo, even though it was supposedly inoculated according to its papers. They were instructed to return to the pet store and let them know that ALL the other puppies (including ones already sold!) from the same group and probably had this problem (not to mention any others from the same puppy mill provider). PLEASE HELP GET THESE PUPPY MILLS SHUT DOWN!!! THEY ARE AN ABOMINATION TO ALL PET LOVERS!!!! Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    I too an a certified humane officer who has been through training. I challenge “rescue ranger” to actually document that 40% of the animals are pure breds” in his shelter. How can you tell that unless the dogs come in with papers. i have seen my own shelter call a mixed breed dog a Shiba Inu. or a mixed breed dog a Poodle…. in fact one shelter thought a Shiba was a coyote.. that is how trained people are in identifying dog breeds.. as for “resting” between cycles.. have any of you ever heard of pyometra.. a disease that comes from NOT breeding your female dog.. that is many times fatal.. and comes from “resting” the dog between breeding cycles..concerned citizen.. does bf not have any cages.. no crates.. no dog runs.. are all of the animals allowed to run freely without containment? i doubt it…

    • Crossfire

      If you really work in a shelter, there is no way in hell that you would be taking the stance that you’re taking.

      Yes, I have heard of pyometra. The problem comes when these mills are breeding these dogs to death. They breed every cycle until the dog can’t be bred anymore. And yes, those dogs can still get pyometra too. A responsible breeder would only breed a female a limited amount of times usually 1-3 in her lifetime and then have her spayed. The breeding’s are NOT back to back either.

  • rescue ranger

    As an Animal Abuse Investigator, I have seen first hand the horrific conditions of pets that are part of the “Breed out of greed” mentality of most commercial cat and dog breeders. A handful of responsible pet breeders ONLY breed to improve the breed…not to line their pockets! In our Southern US shelter, 40% of the animals received are purebred, and many originate from backyard breeders and puppy mills, who dump them at the shelter when they are no longer at the “cute and fuzzy” puppy stage. Many others are sold to inappropriate homes, where the puppy is also dumped at the shelter after a few months. One simple fix~require ALL who breed pets for profit to microchip their animals before sale. Then, when it’s dumped at the shelter by the breeder, or buyer, the pet will be traceable back to it’s source. The intake figures for that kennel can then be made public….Now THAT should really interest the public, and the citizens who are paying for animal shelter costs!

  • Johnc

    Blood diamond is extreme but it’s not inaccurate. It describes a false front that covers up suffering and lures the public in on a bright shiney lie. Go into any pet store and ask where the dogs come from. Ask if they come from puppy mills and they will say, “Oh no they come from licensed, responsible breeders.” Yeah right. Insufficient number of inspectors is no reason to not have a law that moves in the right direction. By that logic, dog fighting would still be legal. The only thing wrong with Prop B is that it doesn’t go far enough. Don’t let your knee jerk hostility to HSUS or pacelle’s posing blind you to the fact that Prop B will help the animals.

    • Anonymous

      sadly Prop B will do NOTHING to help animals.. except make bad breeders go further underground leading to more abuse and certainly more disease..while you may not like the USDA inspections they still are being done.. we still have laws to bust breeders who are not doing it “right and as you can see by the amount of busts.. it is working.. but for most here.. it won;t be enough until every dog is 1. either so expensive no one can afford one.. or 2. bred in such miserable conditions underground that what is now occurring will look like heaven..
      Prop B is a smokescreen that will lead to further abuse.. and much worse conditions for many animals.

  • Anonymous

    It is truly disgusting that you compare the lives of HUMANS who are suffering unspeakable horrors like disembowelment.. having their limbs cut off. families being murdered.women raped ( compared to the “rape” of dogs.. truly disgusting). and worse.. to animals that are fed and watered.. DISGUSTING.. you should be ashamed.. get a one way ticket to Rwanda…

    • Crossfire

      Fearnot, It’s obvious from your arrogance that you’re a miller or a BYB. Why else would you be so negative towards this article.

      • wsmerendini

        Folks can be negative towards this article because the article is stupid. It is full of emotion and lacks facts. Just the kind of thing to get people all riled up – see you are all riled up, right?

        Substandard kennels are out there – they are bad and should be shut down, however they are not in the majority. The commercial kennels out they do take care of the dogs – go see for yourself. Do not believe HSUS, PETA of their agents. Remember – PETA’s mission is to end pet ownership. That means no dogs…

        • PoodleMom

          Oh, so you PERSONALLY have been to the “majority” of the commercial kennels in the United States? Obviously, you haven’t seen enough of the bad ones – like the ones here in Missouri – to keep you from making such ignorant remarks.

  • Anonymous

    what is the difference between a breeding rack.. and a rape rack??? Oh I know.. only HUMANS can be raped.. or at least charged with the crime.. animals WANT TO BREED in case you have not noticed..

    • Crossfire

      No, animals at certain times of the year have the “instinct” to procreate. They are not breeding all of the time. Dogs in mills are bred constantly, forced to have one litter after another until they are wore out.

    • DOG LOVER!!

      That was a STUPID comment! Good comeback!! You’re an IDIOT!! You obviously are one of the LOSERS that are in the business also. Why don’t you go out, take a look at the cages your breeding dogs are in. Would you like to live like that? I think not! Would you like to have litter after litter? I think not. So this is the best you could do, huh? GOOD JOB! Thank God, you’ll get busted someday! Too bad for you.

      • wsmerendini

        It is impossible to “rape” a dog – it will also do you no good if your desire is puppies. A female comes into heat once or twice a year – that is it. Breeding her when she is not receptive or fertile is stupid and useless.

        This is another stupid emotional thing that HSUS and PETA puts out there to get dog ignorant folks all wound up.

    • Valerie Murphy78

      Wow, you are TOTALLY clueless. Are you a BYB? Probably so. Really dude, WAKE UP!

  • EmilyS

    no, not everyone supports this.

    http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2010/09/throwing-money-at-not-solving-problems.html

    Missouri’s current laws … if they were enforced… would cover all the issues of concern about “mills”. What makes anyone think that MORE laws (and poorly conceived ones at that) would prevent cruelty?

    And “blood diamonds”?? please…

    • Concerned Citizen

      Missouri’s current laws to do not provide for adequate exercise, care, or limits to the numbers of animals a breeder can have in their facility, some of which have more than 1,000 dogs. The puppies produced in Missouri are shipped all over the country, many of which are ending up in already overcrowded, taxpayer-subsidized shelters, making this everyone’s problem.

      • wsmerendini

        A thousand dogs? Really? I find that hard to believe. I get the impression you are not a dog owner…
        Let also let you in on a fact – PETA and HSUS inflates shelter impound numbers by at least double – and they are inflating the numbers of dogs owned by these facilities but even great percentages.

        Please – do not believe me! Check out the numbers yourself, they are easy to find. Every state has the shelter impound numbers. And I would think that you could find the correct numbers of dogs owned by the various kennels in Missouri.

        • Concerned Citizen

          Yes, 1000 dogs. You simply have to read the USDA inspection reports, which are accessible to the public through their website, in order to verify that. In fact, Miley, one of the dogs saved through Best Friends’ last puppy mill rescue transport, came from a facility that had over 1,000 dogs.

          You are correct: Municipal shelters provide their impound numbers, and it doesn’t benefit them to exaggerate their intake or euthanasia statistics. The numbers speak for themselves. 4 – 5 million animals are killed in those shelters ever year.

          Although I do in fact have dogs, I’m not sure that one has to be a dog owner to appreciate the implications of dogs suffering in puppy mills or being euthanized in our shelters.

        • PoodleMom

          I really don’t think the “1,000” is much (if any) of an exaggeration. I’ve lived in Missouri most of my life and have heard of and seen video on dozens of raids on puppy mills. The sheer number or rescue and foster programs around St. Louis, alone, shows that the problem is severe.

  • Anonymous

    what is a “breeding dog”??

    • lindsey

      fearnot? you’re an idiot. please refrain from speaking. like, ever.

    • Valerie Murphy78

      I hope that whatever happens to you, fearnot, it’s as painful as what your making hundreds of dogs go through. I would support that. Not the breeding of hundreds of innocent dogs. The healthiest thing for all the dogs within within a 100 mile radius of you is for you to quit “rescuing” and just go home. Quit saying your helping when your really making the problem worse.

      • fearnot

        nope sorry.. not going home I have work to do to help not only dogs.. but feral cats, chickens, ducks and birds.. how have you helped an animal that does not belong to you today..? I would be glad to go through whatever I am causing dogs to go through in my purview .. that involves bringing food, and fencing and housing .. oh and a duck pool yesterday. I am not making any problems worse.. unless you count allowing people to keep their pets. I do hope none of you ever are in a situation where you are in trouble.. looks like you won’t get much sympathy from your fellow “haters”.. if you are 78.. perhaps you need to rethink your mission in life…

        • Valerie Murphy78

          Because your supporting BYBrs and breeding as a whole. THAT”S WHAT”S WRONG WITH YOUR “WORK” I feed all my neighborhood strays and donate to the local shelter when I can. Haha 78 years old. You know nothing. Really. Just..stick to..mastubating or whatever else you do in your freetime.

          • fearnot

            ah not 78.. should have figured .. if you were 78 you would probably have a better outlook on life and not have the need to generate so much hate.. and venom…maybe YOU should try a little “self love”.. relax.. and smell the rose.. many people have animals they love.. and guess what.. they ALL came from two animals breeding.. even your parents..

      • Wsmerendini

        Valerie you are a silly woman. Stop with placing human emotions upon dogs. Have you ever bred a dog? What is up with you? Do you think that the female does not want to be bred? You would be wrong – very wrong. As humans we must take care of the dog(s) under our care – very good care. If you breed a dog, you have über responsibility for her and the puppies.
        HSUS and PETA have proven they do not care about dogs and cats – they care about their agenda… ending pet ownership. And if they ruin people along the way – so be it.

        • Valerie Murphy78

          Excuse me? Did I say anything about PETA? Or anything?

          And no. I have never bred a dog. I’m not that bad of a person. Haha silly. Your dumb, too.

      • Wsmerendini

        Enjoy your kool-aid! You are a triumph for PETA and HSUS their propaganda has worked beautifully on you. Be very proud of yourself – you have joined the ranks of the non-thinking, sheep like humans. Your mama must be pleased.
        If ever you want to employ you human brain – there is information out there – the truth about shelter impounds, about strays, about pet mills.

        • Valerie Murphy78

          You passed that rank years ago clueless. Dumb people tick me off. Like you & fearnot.

  • Anonymous

    The “cat ladys ” issue is that we already HAVE laws to address the way animals are treated..there is no “mass breeding” of animals.. have another glass of Kool _aid
    Rest between breeding cycle is extremely DANGEROUS.. but the ignorant don’t have a clue about animal husbandry and BF and the HSUS and PETA are very happy about that.. more money for them.. fifty is the “magic” number .. so if you have 49 dogs.. you are AOK.. while if you have 51.. you are trash.. Numbers are arbitary. BF has HUNDREDS of dogs in their care.. anyone want to say they are “abusing animals”?? Hmm thought not..

    • Concerned Citizen

      There is no evidence to support the claim that “rest between breeding cycles is extremely dangerous.” What is unhealthy and inhumane is the breeding of a dog every cycle, for years on end, without being allowed out of a cage barely larger than itself. Best Friends does have hundreds of dogs in their care, but those dogs are living healthy, happy lives. They are not being forced to breed, they are not locked in cages, they are not a cash crop. They are given constant care and socialization, healthy food, veterinary attention and lots of space to play. It is the life that every dog deserves, yet for the millions of dogs in puppy mills, it is a life they will never experience.

      • wsmerendini

        Millions of dogs… really? And you get those numbers from where? Come on people – stop it!! Are you so easily led around by your noses? THINK! Does any of this make sense? What is the mission of PETA? To end pet ownership. How can they make that happen? To make every person to breeds a dog evil, soon it will be everyone who ones one…
        Look what is happening in Farming! It is now evil to eat eggs… they are going after family farms, not just large farms. Think!! Use the brains that make you human.

        • Elizabeth Oreck

          Just to clarify, PETA is an organization entirely separate from Best Friends, HSUS and the other animal welfare partners supporting Prop B. These organizations devote their time and resources to the protection and care of dogs. Prop B is not a PETA measure and it has nothing to do with the farming of eggs. It is a measure to improve the lives of commercially bred dogs and to help curb the unnecessary euthanasia of dogs in our nation’s shelters. It will be much easier for everyone to assess this measure on its merit if we don’t confuse the issues or the participants.

    • Crossfire

      You friggin moron. No mass breeding of animals, huh? Then how come 4-6 million animals per year are put to death in shelters because there are not enough homes for them? And that’s only counting the ones in shelters, not the ones who are out there and homeless or are in crappy, abusive homes. Why don’t you take a tour of some animal shelters and rescue organizations? Try talking to the people who are out there trying to clean up the messes from the mills and the BYB’s.

      • Wsmerendini

        More PETA and HSUS lies… That those numbers and divide by 2…

  • John collier

    Thank you! It’s about time something was done about puppy mills in Missouri! The majority of us resent the fact that the handful of people who run the mills and profit from mistreating dogs give the rest of the state a bad name. Absolutely yes on Prop B.

  • csc

    What is the Cat Lady’s Issue?
    Here are two big basic facts about Prop B:
    1. It limits breeding dogs to 50 per facility, so unless cat lady has more than 50 breeding dogs (that in itself is a problem).
    2. It’s estimated that 40% of America’s puppy mills are in Missouri. Wow! That’s criminal! Doesn’t cat lady think mass breeding of animals is a problem when we have millions of shelter animals across the U.S. being killed every year?
    What Is Prop B?
    Proposition B (the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act) will vastly improve the lives of dogs in commercial breeding operations in Missouri.
    It will limit the number of breeding dogs to 50 per facility and require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each breeding dog under their care with basic humane animal care, including:
    * Sufficient food and clean water;
    * Necessary veterinary care;
    * Sufficient housing, including protection from the elements;
    * Sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down, and fully extend their limbs;
    * Regular exercise; and
    * Adequate rest between breeding cycles.
    You can find out more on the official website: http://yesonpropb.com/

  • the cat lady

    Where is your research for making these comments or are you rewriting a press release from HSUS
    and – with all their funds – why should the people of Missouri have to donate to this project Missouri has laws to cover all facets of breeding – let them be enforced rather that “law” us out of existence. The Cat Lady

    • Elizabeth Oreck

      Again, this is publicly accessible data. You can view inspection reports on the USDA website, municipal shelter statistics through city and county animal control. You can also submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the health records of dogs being shipped out of Missouri by commercial breeders (www.nfoic.org).