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What Do You Think Can Be Done To Stop Puppy Mills?

We want to hear where you stand on this controversial issue.

For months, tempers have been flaring as protestors gather on Route 25 in Aquebogue outside The Puppy Experience to raise awareness about puppy mills.

One week, police were called to the scene after some said demonstrators should not be parking in the Aquebogue Elementary School lot.

Tensions have risen as an attorney for the owner of the store sent a cease and desist letter and threatened litigation; owner Scott Kaphan has broken his silence, stating that his business is being targeted, and suggested that protestors would further their cause more effectively if they were to demonstrate outside actual puppy mills across the United States.

What do you think about this charged issue? Where do you think the solution to this problem lies? Do you think the protestors are performing a valuable mission, to help raise awareness about animal abuse? Or do you think a local businessman's store is being targeted? What long-term solutions do you think would help address the puppy mill issue?

Tell us what you think in the comments section.

pam October 07, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Change the laws and inforce them. This all just makes me ill.
Kristie M October 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Lily was a breeding dog sold at auction. Watcha few minutes of her story or just look at her and then please, tell us ANYONE has a right to participate in the cycle of cruelty. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4nT94AYsVo
Deb December 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Mark, The nature of Puppy Mills and the stores that sell the puppies is the lack of visibility. That is the problem. Puppy mill breeders and brokers stand to lose tremendous amounts of money even if their animals are well-looked after. I have a background on farms, and this is even true of most conventional livestock operations. The burden of transparency needs to be on the store. Someone without something to hide, especially regarding a living being, will not have a problem with letting people know and see the conditions they are living in. This, I know, from experience in business and with animals of all kinds.
Deb December 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
"if you claim to love dogs in any way, you would be involved in RESCUE, not selling puppies from breeders of any kind." My belief exactly. Kennels clubs of all kinds have benefited from an increased interest in "pure bred" dogs and cats. Abdicating their role makes them complicit in what is happening. A responsible organization holds their members accountable, unless their only interested in the money .... Maintaining that responsible breeders have different practices can become a fine line when breeds are ruined even within the guidelines of what is acceptable. Breeding is as much about trend as anything else - favoured sires and lines, an excessive coat, slant of the head, or narrowness of features; amount of wrinkles, colour .... What do any of these have to do with having a good canine citizen or pet? Some "reputable" breeders keep their dogs caged, and breeding kennels for sport dogs are known for keeping their animals penned and over-emphsizing desirability of show traits or ability to make money. Culling is a practice inherent in breeding. Ask about the recent occurrence of white boxers that were never seen before – as adults. There is a ruthless side of breeding, including many farming operations. Most people are unaware and would prefer not to think about it. That's often the greatest source of suffering: ignorance and an unwillingness to change even once we do become aware because we value convenience or prevention of another's suffering. .
Deb December 13, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Much of the response by those in the "animal industry" reminds me of when holding a person in slavery was okay because they were "just animals"! A contempt for the people they were attempting to make a comparison with - that are no more like animals than the rest of the human population. The contempt for animals was the basis in that they were considered less than humans. Ignorance is behind those claims like it is in the "pet industry". There was talk in the past about whether or not someone was a good slave owner, as if that was any justification for the act of slavery. Whether or not it is a business - agriculture or otherwise - does not excuse the lack concern for another's well being. Child labour, sweatshops, workers killed through neglect and appalling work conditions ... there has been legislation against these and there needs to be the same for animals - period. What people are willing to do to animals they are also willing to do to people; there’s too much proof to ignore this connection. Research has documented links between domestic violence among those who kill and abuse animals – even if they do it as a recognized part of their profession. Likely, it relates to the common wisdom to become hardened to the realities. I have not become hardened, and I am able to deal with more than those I know who tend not to deal with their difficult feelings ... It is possible to do it without drugs or alcohol, or becoming desensitized to the horrors - and do it better.

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