Recently, the US Humane Society decided to look into how large-scale commercial breeders treat the animals they supposedly have in their care.
Taken aback by the living conditions at various puppy mills across the country, the organization now asks the American Kennel Club (AKC) to step up and do its job of preventing abuses and improper animal treatment.
Apparently, in spite of having passed several AKC inspections with flying colors, several large-scale puppy mills fail when it comes to providing for the animals according to the standards listed in present days' legislation.
Global Animal cites the president of the US Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle, who presumably told the press that “The American Kennel Club bills itself as ‘The Dog’s Champion,' but our report shows a pattern of activity that is entirely at odds with that self-description.”
Moreover, it seems that the AKC has been actively involved in fighting back various legislation projects that were designed to prevent and tackle animal abuse.
As Wayne Pacelle puts it, “The AKC has opposed more than 80 bills and proposals in the last five years that would have implemented common-sense, humane standards of care at large-scale breeding facilities. We are shocked that a group that should be standing shoulder to shoulder with us is constantly lined up with the puppy mill industry.”
The same source informs us that, rather than pushing for responsible, yet small-scale breeding programs, the AKC favors businesses that breed countless animals at a time, and therefore cannot properly take care of all of them.
From where we stand, the US Humane Society is right in making these claims, and it is our belief that, for the benefit of the animals, small-scale breeders should be preferred to large commercial ones.
Down below you can watch a short video filmed inside one of the puppy mills the Humane Society is militating against.
In response to concerns about thousands of dogs who are denied basic humane care at large-scale commercial breeding facilities, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a proposed rule that would close a gaping loophole in the Animal Welfare Act regulations. The rule would require large-scale breeding facilities that sell puppies sight-unseen over the Internet, by phone, or by mail to be licensed and regularly inspected for basic humane care standards. The USDA is seeking public comments on the proposed rule, and you can submit comments here. Please take a moment to speak up for puppy mill dogs! : http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS-2011-0003-0001