Puppy mills are horrible places where low budget facilities breed dogs strictly for profit. The dogs often suffer permanent damage from the unhealthy conditions and lack of socialization. Dogs have always been considered man’s best friend, starting as early as 15,000 years ago. In earlier times, dogs were chosen very selectively, based upon the health of the dog and whether the dog would be suitable for the lifestyles and environment the dog would be introduced to. However, many people are beginning to shy away from the idea of a quality, healthy dog and are beginning to buy their new best friend simply based upon appearance from the puppy mills. Since people are going to buy the cutest dog possible without knowing much about it, many pet store chains are taking advantage of this and display their dogs for everyone to see, knowing that someone will be suckered into buying a dog without even knowing anything about it. When someone sees one of those adorable puppies, it rarely ever crosses their minds where that puppy actually came from, and if they knew, they would be devastated.
Beginning in the post-World War I era, Midwestern farmers realized that they could easily make a profit by selling live dogs almost like a crop, by mass producing them with minimum cost in mind in order to make an enormous profit, which became the beginning of what is known as a puppy mill. A puppy mill doesn’t necessarily have a definition, however as defined by the ASPCA, a puppy mill is “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.”
According to the American Pet Association, U.S. pet-ownership estimates that the average annual amount spend $213 by dog owners on routine veterinary visits. This clearly shows how much people spend a great amount of money for their dogs. Not only are the puppy mills making profit, but also our economy. Buyers do not really know where and how these puppies were raised. For instance, in the United States, there are an estimated ten thousand licensed and unlicensed puppy mills selling over two million puppies annually. Many people may think that the puppies they are buying from the local pet store was being given quality care, however in most cases it was living under the worst of conditions possible. In the United States, there are barely any requirements for puppy mills to uphold and there are also many loopholes, and their needs to be more provisions made in order to stop puppy mills from being able to abuse any more animals.
My question to the class: What do you think about the Puppy Mills? It is creating profit to many places, but is it morally good?