Animal Abuse and Puppy Mills
nimal abuse has been around for as long as we have. Whether it is how we treat animals on factory farms or our domesticated pets animal abuse is prevalent and unseen in any corner of the world. Wikipedia defines animal abuse as “cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse, animal neglect or animal cruelty is the infliction by omission (animal neglect) or by the commission by humans of suffering or harm upon any non-human.” Puppy mills are an establishment that breeds puppies for sale, typically on an intensive basis and in conditions that are regarded as inhumane.
The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported everyday is just the tip of the iceberg; most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal cruelty are not recognized by federal agencies, making it hard to find how common they are. However, we can use the information that is available to try to understand and stop cases of abuse. Cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries and media reports suggest that animal abuse is common in both rural and urban areas.
Puppy mills are large-scale dog breeding operations where profit is placed above the well-being of the animals. Dogs are crammed in tiny cages that are dirty and have wire floors. It is a horrible existence for man’s best friend. Many puppy mills around the United States have hundreds or even thousands of dogs. They never get to have human interactions, and some of the dogs are scared of everything including grass because they have never seen or felt it. Other dogs have horrible physical conditions including problems with their paw pads from being on the wire floors their whole life, eye problems, ears problems, and many more. There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills around the United States, and the industry makes hundreds of millions of dollars each year. There is a minimal incentive for these owners to stop what they are doing. Many people unknowingly purchase puppy mill dogs from pet stores and online. People should not buy dogs from pet stores or online but from a shelter or a rescue and if they do not want any dogs that they find they should go to a responsible breeder.
Animal abuse and puppy mills are horrible, but many people are fighting for these animals who can not fight back themselves. People need to be more aware of what is happening to these animals and finally put an end to puppy mills and animal abuse.