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Elam, I understand where you are coming from about the issues many Amish tend to side with conservatives on and which ones they shy away from altogether. And if we are looking at the world from conservative v. liberal, “liberals” are more often concerned with this issue. Perhaps that, too, adds to the reason why many Amish are not concerned enough to renounce the practice.
I totally agree with you about the market for the animals… I have often thought that the people who buy these puppies ought to take some responsibility for the issue. Thank you for the statistics about the price of dogs, and how many are euthanized each year — this is astounding. And your point about dogs being hit by vehicles on the road is actually a very good one.
After being asked about the puppy mills and the way that “the Amish” treat their horses several times from people in my audience, I answered the question by first saying I never knew anyone who bred dogs for sale, and that in my home community the horses were treated pretty well, so I could not speak to the issue. However, I said that for many people, it seems this is the only acceptable way to criticize the Amish, and that I think there are many issues, such as the abuse of people, that go unrecognized because of the focus being on the breeding practices of dogs. Tamara, I think you were touching on that. That is a sad story about the calf, but unfortunately those sentiments were all too common in my home community, too. It was as if it was beneath them to identify with the suffering of animals, especially if the suffering came from natural causes, as in the case you described.
Erik, thanks for yet another great discussion. Now, one of these days, I need to go and post something on my own blog!