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Puppy Mills

Beware when you buy a puppy
by Mo van den Tillaart
puppy mills

A few years ago I posted an article on this website in which Willem Wijnberg and Herb Baker asked for your help to convince Oprah Winfrey to do a show on puppy mills. I am pleased to announce that it finally happened! The Main Line Animal Rescue put up a billboard in Chicago near Oprah Winfrey's famous Harpo Studios asking her to do a show on puppy mills. And it worked! On 04/04/2008 a show aired in which Lisa Ling investigated the hidden world of these horrid puppy mills. I was told that all information gathered by Willem Wijnberg and Herb Baker was handed over to the producers of the Oprah show and some of it was probably used too! Lisa Ling showed us why it's so important to know where our puppy really comes from and the abuse these poor animals have to endure in such awful facilities.

A BIG THANK YOU to all people who contributed their story or signature to Willem and Herb!


Puppy millers are people who sometimes keep as many as 300 pure bred dogs and puppies in deplorable and absolute inhumane conditions. Their sole reason is to make as much money as they possibly can. It is sickening to realize that they do not care one bit about the well being of the animals and consider them as merchandise. Their malnourished victims are kept their entire lives in very small, overcrowded, filthy wire-cages with scarcely enough room to stand up. Their deformed feet only feel the harsh wire of the cage, never stepping on solid ground, never feeling grass or digging in the dirt. Many dogs lose feet and legs when they get trapped in these wire floors. The cages are stacked one on top of each other. The urine and feces from the dogs in the upper cages falls on the dogs below. This is not a clean and healthy environment to keep and breed dogs in!

Female dogs are usually bred on their first heat cycle and then continuously bred to whatever male is available (father, brother even son!). They do not check for genetic diseases associated with the breed. They will breed dogs that are sick and have not been vaccinated against contagious diseases. These unhealthy and genetically defective dogs are continuously bred until their bodies are so tired and worn out they can no longer produce at which time they are killed. That is their only way out. There is no vet care for these pregnant girls. And the puppies? They have not been socialized, and have hereditary, viral and bacterial diseases. The list with problems goes on to infinity. So people who think they can buy a cheap puppy... well let's say their hopes will be deceived! They usually have to pay hefty vet medical bills..

We should all realize that buying a puppy from a pet store is only keeping this despicable cruelty in business. Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills and therefore you are supporting this animal abuse if you purchase a puppy from a pet store. I personally know not one respectable breeder that would sell his puppies to a pet store for retail. The puppy mill is where these pet stores get their puppies. Most people who see these adorable puppies in the window of a pet store have no idea about the cruel and deplorable conditions these puppies came from. Therefore we need to educate all puppy buyers and put an end to this. Cause when people stop buying puppies in pet stores or thru the internet, these puppy mills will go out of business and the misery of hundereds of thousands of dogs who suffer in the mills will end. We need to stand up for these animals and pass better laws governing animal abuse, torture and neglect. It's our obligation to be the voice of these poor defenseless creatures and stop this senseless cruelty. So please stand up and spread the word with me!



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The next poem is dedicated to the millions of animals who never knew the sun and fresh air, those regarded as property, and who profited human bank accounts.

Before I Die
by Jim Willis © 2002

'Tis lonely here in prison,
I dream of sun, of fields,
I saw them from a window once,
but I don't know how they feel.

I've never known a caress,
a friend, a bone, a toy,
I'd happily companion,
a human girl or boy.

But some men have decided,
with selfishness and greed,
that my fate shall be a cage,
and for my keep, I'll breed.

What should fuel this folly?
My kind may bark in vain.
We care not for your commerce,
and few know of our pain.

We're hidden well from justice,
for our freedom some may cry.
God grant me, please, just one request -
Let me play once before I die.

Jim Willis
Author of "Pieces of My Heart
Writings Inspired by Animals and Nature"
Click here for Jim's website

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