i want to know what people think a puppy mill is and weather they think it is right. i have some kid in vocational class that thinks these are cool places and wants to start one. WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!!! HELP
>>>i have some kid in vocational class that thinks these are cool places and wants to start one.<<<
You may want to inform this kid that they are constantly shutting them down due to illegal activities such as animal cruelty, abuse, neglect. They not only lose all their "stock" but can pay fines and jail time as well.
Are you sure they are not confused and think they may just want to breed dogs when they get older?
Why don't you explain the difference between dog breeding and puppy mills. This may help the whole class understand the difference and why it is important to purchase a future pet from a breeder.
The kid probably means he wants to raise and sell pups and doesn't realize all that goes into doing it responsibly. I mean, really, what person wouldn't want to have all the puppies they could ever cuddle and that be their job? They don't know there is a lot more to it. You are in a good position to educate him in a friendly manner beforehand which is much easier than correcting the owner of a puppy mill and making them see the error of their ways later on. Why not ask him what he thinks a puppy mill is instead of asking us on here? Ask him to plan out how a typical day will go with cleaning dishes, picking up poo, mending fences, feeding, bathing, socializing, giving meds, paying vet bills, going to work (yes you have to have a job to pay for it all if you do it responsibly unless you are independently wealthy), advertising, training, keeping breeding records, registering litters, and on and on.
There is no single, one, universally accepted definition of what a Puppy Mill is. I dislike the term, actually, it has gotten such a negative connotation that screaming "puppy mill" shuts down all rational discussion from that point on.
Breeding facility would be an acceptable term.
***Edited By: kiyote on 11/21/2006 4:59:58 PM*** Reason: Type
A mill is something that uses machinery to put out a semi-finished product in mass quantities like a lumber mill will slice up huge logs from freshly cut trees and turn them into various sizes and grades of lumber that can be used to build houses a lot faster than someone doing it by hand with a saw. It doesn't have to be pretty or free of knot holes, it just has to be able to be used to build. The lumber mill doesn't polish and carve the wood into beautiful furniture or sculptures it just puts out a lot of wood that can be used for something. The individual that cuts down a tree and shapes it into a couple of useable pieces, carves them into something beautiful, sands them smooth, maybe varnishes them has done something wonderful that cannot be done by the mill. That person would be a craftsman or even just someone that likes to make things from wood as a hobby. The term "puppy mill" came about as a result of people using dogs to just mass produce one litter after another faster than a hobby or show breeder. You get a large quantity of average (more often worse) pups and the goal is profit rather than the betterment of the animals. Usually shortcuts are taken with the care of the breeding animals and substandard care is becoming all too common. The responsible hobby or show breeder (like the craftsman, artist, etc.) doesn't do it only to make money, only has a few litters every now and then, truly takes care of their animals, and strives to eliminate genetic problems and produce better than average pups.