Puppy Mills Essay

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Humane Society Traces Expensive Pups to Pet MillsBy REBECCA CATHCARTPublished: December 12, 2007LOS ANGELES - A pet store in the Bel-Air neighborhood deceived customers, including Hollywood celebrities, about the origin of their puppies, many of which come from unlicensed pet mills, according to a Humane Society of the United States investigation released Tuesday.The investigation looked at dog breeders, pet auctions and pet stores that form a chain of supply for the expensive dogs that can be found along the streets of Beverly Hills, often in sweaters and rhinestone collars.These so-called puppy mills are large-scale breeding operations that have a reputation for abuse, inbreeding and ...view middle of the document...

The images show hundreds of dogs jumping frantically in small, outdoor cages.Video of one breeding operation describes "over about 100 breeding dogs" that are "confined in small cages" at Carole's Puppy Palace in Pocola, Okla. The narrator calls the operation, run by Carole Glenn, unlicensed.But on Tuesday, Ms. Glenn said: "I have six puppies here from three litters. I've seen puppy mills, believe me. They are dirty, filthy places.""That's not what I do," added Ms. Glenn, who is listed as a licensed breeder on a United States Department of Agriculture Web site.Mr. Pacelle said that information gathered this year indicated that Ms. Glenn was not licensed to breed dogs. That information may be out of date, he said.Puppy e-millsThe perils of online dog shoppingJune 27, 2012To the list of sketchy under-the-radar activities that flourish on the Internet - gambling, pornography, investment scams, identity theft - add this: puppy sales.Commercial puppy breeders have learned that cutting out the middleman - the pet store - doesn't just save them money. It allows them to escape the scrutiny of theU.S. Department of Agriculture. Under the federal Animal Welfare Act, the USDA is charged with regulating, licensing and inspecting wholesale breeders.But the law doesn't apply to those who sell directly to the public, based on the outdated reasoning that a buyer who deals with the breeder or pet store owner can inspect the animal and its surroundings before making the purchase.The Animal Welfare Act was passed in 1966, when the hot new technologies were push-button phones and color TV. Lawmakers didn't imagine a time when live animals would be marketed via computers and shipped directly to buyers anywhere in the world. Now, many breeders who once were licensed are switching to an Internet-only sales model, which allows them to operate without oversight. They're known as puppy e-mills.A lot of people who buy puppies online say they're doing it to avoid the puppy mills that supply brick-and-mortar pet stores. Those buyers often have been tricked into believing they're dealing with a hobby breeder, someone with a litter of puppies in the laundry room or basement. But animal welfare groups say many of the websites are fronts for puppy...

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