12 responses to Saints or animal abusers?
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    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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      Comment on horse abuse (December 10th, 2013 at 08:34)

      horse abuse

      I went to sugar creek ohio
      and saw a very small horse pulling a 500 lb or more women and others in the buggy going up hill and he will whipping him SAD!!!

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      Comment on I see that also (February 6th, 2014 at 07:34)

      I see that also

      Yes most amish people do not treat them Good
      I saw a lot thing in sugar creek ohio

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      Comment on dont stand by ! do something (February 6th, 2014 at 07:39)

      dont stand by ! do something

      When you see this don’t stand by and do Not thing
      call for help call the cop or the animals help
      But also not always easy to watch??? DO!

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        Comment on Animal abuse (October 28th, 2017 at 08:04)

        Animal abuse

        Calling the cops or Animal Control doesn’t always help. Few want to get involved. Amish are notorious for mistreating or neglecting the very animals that are supposed to help them with their farms. I’ve seen it and spoken up about it to the families involved, and was essentially told that it wasn’t my business and to leave. Where I saw it, there is no animal control that will go out to the farms. Neither will the cops. Why? Because, in that rural area, the cops are hunters and don’t think of animals as sentient beings, worthy of love and compassion. Animal Control is there to control stray animals not save them! I am thoroughly disgusted by these so-called saintly people!

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      river fogle
      Comment on plow horse abuse (April 19th, 2016 at 07:25)

      plow horse abuse

      we have a family we just moved in across from us, for a week now i have watched while those horses work from dawn to dusk, with only a lunch break and a dinner break, last night it was dark before they came off the field, they were struggling to get up the hill and pull that plow. i finally went over and politely asked the farmer if he thought the horses were exhausted, he told me they were draft horses and that they were made to work like that, the horses had open wounds on them scars all over and their hoofs were in terrible shape, the farmer wanted to know who all was questioning his farming ability, without thinking i said that a few of us were just concerned, and pointed to a house where a woman i know lives shares my concern, he then said he would go and see what she had to say, he seemed agitated with me, now i am worried that this man is going to knock on her door and say who knows what. i am not trying to cause problems for any of us, however after standing around watching this for a week, i felt like someone should speak up, my husband says to stay out of it, and mind my own business, now this morning i see he is not out there, when usually he is there at the break of dawn, hopefully i have not stirred a hornets nest. i live in glen rock pennsylvania.

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    Trish in Indiana
    Comment on Amish animals are assets, not pets (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 They are 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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        Comment on Let take pictures and show the world (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

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      Comment on Animal cruelty (October 28th, 2017 at 08:06)

      Animal cruelty

      Cats are sometimes pets, but mainly, they’re mousers, hence, not fed or cared for, medically.

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    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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