I think there are many things that one person can do, especially with the power of the Internet at our fingertips. I know I am getting really sick and tired of "stupid" people who believe it is OK to abuse dogs. Laws need to change and we need to figure out how we can cause that to happen.
One idea is to begin a boycott of National Products that operate in states that allow puppy mills and animal abuse to continue. Let's start in Pennsylvania. This notorious puppy mill state is home to the infamous, Almost Heaven (Hell) Kennel that we here at The DRC have spend a lot of time bringing to light, because we have dogs who came from that hell hole. AH has been shuttered but other mills, many other mills, still exist in PA. From corrupt politicians to "on the take" animal control people, PA is not changing quickly enough. Maybe through our tourism dollars and our shopping dollars, we might begin to make them notice.
Let's try to hit them in their pocketbooks. I think if we target some of the national corporations who do business in PA with our letters of displeasure in what is allowed to continue, maybe they will step up and push for change.
And their response: We'll see if they respond.
Here are two emails I sent today, to Turkey Hill and to Hershey's. Two very big names in PA.
"Why do you not do something to change the laws in your state and protect the lives and rights of animals? As a national corporation, don't you have a responsibility to the all the people who buy your products and not to the backwoods and backward people who continue to believe animals are disposable? I for one will not give you my grocery dollars until you do something to change the laws of PA. Lancaster is a notorious puppy mill area and you advertise like your pastoral vistas don't hide a very ugly secret...it is not a secret."
And their reply: I am still waiting
"Why do you not do something to change the laws in your state and protect the lives and rights of animals? As a national corporation, don't you have a responsibility to the all the people who buy your products and not to the backwoods and backward people who continue to believe animals are disposable? I for one will not give you my grocery dollars until you do something to change the laws of PA. Pennsylvania is a notorious puppy mill state and you advertise like your pastoral vistas don't hide a very ugly secret...it is not a secret."
And their response: I'll let you know when/if it comes.
We need to start spreading the word. Write to Oprah...again. We can post and spread this to Facebook, Twitter, other forums. Are there other big national and multi-national companies who do business in PA? What about the other notorious puppy mill states? If all animal lovers start banding together, maybe change will come.
Why another website?
there are so many already on the internet!
Basically because the more we talk about the issue on the Internet, the more apt we are to find solutions to the problem.
Each person, organization and agency brings yet another perspective to the issue. The Internet spans state lines, walks of life, economic levels and social consciousness like no other medium ever achieved. By harnessing this power of the web, we might actually find viable solutions to the problems this industry brings to all of our lives.
Everyone comes to the table with a vested interest in resolution.
* Taxpayers who don't own a dog find their tax monies funding shelters, spay/neuter programs and government expenditures to solve this problem - or at least to attempt a bridle over escalating costs.
* Reputable breeders can no longer compete with the puppy mills, petshops and Internet puppy sellers. Many reputable breeders have had difficulty distinguishing themselves from backyard breeders and puppy millers - to the point their reputation is damaged beyond repair, their dedication and commitment to their breed seems pointless and the motivation to improve the breed falls stagnant.
* Backyard breeders come into the industry and can be 'here today and gone tomorrow,' leaving the general public in the lurch when the puppies grow and have genetic illnesses along with huge vet bills.
* Shelters are overwhelmed with puppy mill busts, unable to handle 50 to 1,000 dogs and puppies at one time.
* Animal rights activists and humane advocates refuse to accept there isn't a solution and push for more humane environments while frustrated at the slow progress of the legal system to address these issues.
* Rescue organizations are stretched beyond their financial means, attempting to save as many of these dogs and puppies as possible, but without foster and adoption homes, there are some cannot be rescued or saved.
* Coming into the chosen career to help animals, the veterinary industry and its professionals are facing escalating costs, the inability of the general public to properly afford good medical care and increasing instances where their very best cannot either not be afforded or the realization of poor quality of life born in the mills prohibits restoring a good quality of life once the dogs and puppies have escaped the mills.
* Legislators know their constituency is based in a puppy mill economy or others see their states' budgets being stretched to handle the overpopulation issue when they represent a non-mill state.
* Certain breeds develop unfavorable reputations for temperament, predisposed personality tendencies and other unsavory perceptions through indiscriminate and unbridled breeding practices.
If this website can find just one viable solution in a myriad of so many possibilities, then it has achieved its goal. If just one person believes this issue requires their involvement for any resolution to be achieved, then it has achieved its purpose. If just one puppy mill mother today can be saved a lifetime of breeding litters for profit and her offspring are not subjected to inhumane conditions as their parents were, then we have achieved success.
Be a part of the solution - not the problem.