Comment on ‘Amish puppy mills’, back again by Elena Racansky.
I am sorry, but why pick on the Amish? Only 20%?
why don’t you take a closer look at those numbers.
What we do know is that there are in excess of 10,000 puppy mills in the united states.
The population of the united states is over 300million.
The population of the Amish is about 230thousand.
That means the Amish make up about .1 percent(not 10, not 1, but point 1 percent) of the total population.
There are 20% of these in Amish communities.
If you break that down:
300million(since it is over this in total we can use this number as non Amish people) have 8000(80%) which is 1 puppy mill per 37.500 non Amish people in the US.
230,000 have 2000(20%) which is 1 puppy mill per 115 people who are Amish.
Now that is quite a high concentration isn’t it?
Don’t pick on the Amish. Well, with that sort of concentration, I don’t think it is picking on anyone, it is simply reporting the facts.
Not to mention that in a large number of puppy mills, dogs are ‘debarked’ by shoving a steel pipe into their throat. I hardly think anyone can consider this ‘humane’ treatment.
As to what is a puppy mill, I think that information is pretty easy to find. A mill is not based on numbers of dogs. It is the treatment and conditions. The dogs are kept with many in a single small cage. Never brushed, never cleaned. When the cages are to be cleaned they are typically grabbed by the scruff and picked up as a hose is used to clean out the cage. Fed very poor quality food. No regard for breeding standards, thus producing many puppies, a large percentage of which have degenerative eye conditions, cancers, heriditary disease. True quality breeders take care to select dogs to breed which are healthy and will not pass on avoidable illnesses to the puppies. Mills do not do this. The object is quantity. Maximum profit, lowest cost.