67 responses to Saints or animal abusers?

  • Deb
    Comment on Saints or animal abusers? (November 13th, 2012 at 13:45)

    I live and work in Amish country. I cant count the number of times Ive seen carriage horses driven while dead lame (how would they like to go for a jog in 95 degree temps with metal shoes on on cement), plow horses working with raw wounds from the harnesses and have visited homes that have dogs stacked in crates a dark barn or garage to make the almighty dollar off of puppies. They have poor ‘doorbell’ dogs that live on a 3′ chain by their door for their entire sad lives. Watched one beautiful german shepherd puppy bitch go from lively and vivacious, pacing and running back and forth and back and forth on her short line, to depressed and not moving in three months.

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  • Trish in Indiana
    Comment on Saints or animal abusers? (February 5th, 2014 at 20:40)

    Amish animals are assets, not pets

    The title of this post is the clearest I can be on my impressions living in Amish country. The Amish generally “take care” of their animals, because they are important assets that are crucial to the family’s survival, but do the “care” about them they way most of us do our pets? It’s just not the same.

    I remember when a barn fire killed all of an Amish farmer’s animals except one kitten. The local paper had a photo of an early-teen boy holding that kitten like it was the most valuable thing in the world. It looked healthier and more accustomed to human contact than your average barn cat from an English farm, and the fact that it was mentioned as part of the farm’s assets was indicative, I think, of an Amish attitude that can be very positive, from the animal’s point of view: Most “barn cats” are just feral, but this one was valued, probably for killing rodents that would otherwise eat the grain. The horses are valued. But are they loved, like a pet? No. This winter, I have seen buggies parked at shopping centers in subzero temperatures, sometimes for an hour or more. The Amish can’t afford to be sentimental about their animals. They are there for a purpose, and that purpose is not to be warm and fuzzy. “Cruelty”? Not in any deliberate sense. But also not always easy to watch.

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    • Dennis C
      Comment on Saints or animal abusers? (March 15th, 2014 at 16:47)

      They are animal abusers

      Trish in Indiana, that’s a bunch of nonsense. It appears that the norm for the Amish is to use their animals to their own profit but to put as little money into their animals as possible. Cattle chained so tight that they live on their knees and poop into grates. They can’t get up! We all know about the Amish and puppy mills-disgusting. Horses are often down to skin and bones and being worked to death. When one work animal dies they just get another one from their barn. Many Amish are animal abusers and should be arrested and tried for it. You say the Amish can’t afford to be sentimental about their animals. That’s a cop out statement. The Amish don’t have to sentimental about their animals but they do have a moral and religious reason why they should be good stewards of them. They break the religious laws they say they follow. They violate the federal Animal Care Act on a daily and even an hourly basis. Shame on them. Shame on those supposed to protect animals and prosecute those that abuse them.

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      • Guy
        Comment on Saints or animal abusers? (March 15th, 2014 at 19:23)

        Let take pictures and show the world

        You think you could take pictures of all what is going on
        and show it to the news reporters?
        and law and everyone that will listen
        and yes post it on the web
        Let help the helpless animals
        We need to do something

  • carrie in ethridge
    Comment on Saints or animal abusers? (March 21st, 2014 at 13:50)

    I live right in the heart of Amish country in Ethridge, Tennessee. Overall the Amish do not care how they treat their animals; it really depresses me because I had viewed them as kind, gentle pacifists – guess I saw Witness too many times. There are exceptions. I’ve seen them with dogs in their buggies as if they are their best friend and traveling/working companions. I’ve seen some beautiful, well-cared-for white horses pull buggies. I’ve seen skinny horses. I’ve seen them whip horses on hills even on my own property because the wagon was overloaded and the horse was blamed. I’ve seen them violently whip cows again that got on my property. I’m too scared to say anything because I have to deal with them everyday. I look at these cows and horses living out amongst manure and mud and electric fence and barbed wire, and I feel like I am in the center of a concentration camp. Of course dogs and cats are not spayed and neutered which makes my blood boil. But having said that, the Amish care for their animals better than these truck-driving hunters and Duck Dynasty-viewing rednecks. Gunshots are all around me. I saw someone throw a dog in a creek and throw a beer bottle over his head. I can’t wait to move. There are some tender-hearted Amish here; I don’t want to generalize. The rednecks bother me more than the Amish. But they all do what they want to do in the name of ‘religion’.

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