The University of Missouri recently released a study done by their Commercial Agriculture Program showing that dog breeders bring revenue to the State of Missouri. How wonderful for the State of Missouri. Not so wonderful for the dogs who live in the puppy mills for their whole (miserable) life.
KOMU.com quoted Laura Jennings defending breeders in their article: ‘Laura Jennings bought her purebred Italian greyhound, Maggie, from a breeder when she was a puppy.
“I couldn’t take the gamble of possibly getting a dog that wasn’t a good match for me by getting one at the Humane Society or something like that and getting a puppy was important as well.”‘
They also include the information that: “Jennings worked at the Central Missouri Humane Society,” as if to show that Ms. Jennings is qualified to recommend that people get their dogs from breeders instead of rescuing from shelters and rescues.
The truth? According to Julia Aber at the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia, Missouri, “Laura Jennings was an employee here for a short five-month period in 2008.” Hardly someone who should be representing themselves as an expert on rescue or even where to get a dog.
Ms. Aber went on to say, “We have plenty of wonderful animals looking for homes at the Central Missouri Humane Society and around the nation.” And in response to a question about those who want a puppy she replied, “We almost always have puppies — we’re a shelter.”
According to the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) in their article “A Horrible Hundred: Selected Puppy Mills in the United States,” almost one-quarter of the included puppy mills, selected from across the country, are in Missouri. But now we all know, hey, it’s okay, because those “breeders” are bring in revenue.
According to The Puppy Mill Project,
“Approximately 2.5 million puppies are born in puppy mills annually and more than 400,000 breeding stock dogs are imprisoned in these kennels. An estimated 3 to 4 million shelter dogs die every year.
“Puppy Mills in America are crude, breeding facilities, whose sole focus is profit. There is little or NO concern for the health and well-being of the animals. Puppies are born with severe health, behavioral & socialization issues. Breeding dogs are neglected starved and left sick and injured without medical care or relief from overwhelming pain.”
There are many unsavory practices that might bring revenue to a state including child labor, prostitution, and slave labor. That does not make it right. That does not make it acceptable.
Follow the Chicago Pets Examiner on Twitter.
If you would like to continue receiving news about animals, including information about local rescues, homeless animals and sick and injured animals needing donations, please click the “Subscribe” icon. It’s free and anonymous. Thank you for reading, and thank you for sharing this article with others.