Sorry, don't know if I'm missing something...is that this coming Friday, or was it on last Friday? Either way its great that Oprah is addressing this issue. When Oprah gets on to something, its just a matter of time before real change will take place. This is a good thing for sure.
You can go to Oprah.com and prepare yourself before the show. It basically gives you the whole run down of the episode.. Its tragic, the way these puppy mill owners treat dogs. I never imagined how horrible it is. I really hope this show can reach millions and get us closer to reducing the number of puppy mills.
I had placed an ad on another site not knowing it was a favorite of puppy mills. When I realized they were using that site I notified the site owners, but nothing was done about it even tho the owners stated they were against having such mass producers on their site. I am not renewing my ad in protest and have stated such on my ad. This site doesn't remove inactive ads, just makes contact info unavailable unless a premium is paid to view it. I hope the segment on Oprah will put pressure on authorities to put these people out of business. I would like the AKC to become involved by refusing to allow any one to register more than 5 litters a year. This would be very effective in reducing the profit motive of mass producers.
The AKC is in it for the money, they are never going to limit the number of litters registered per breeder per year. All the AKC can do to help is spread awareness and promote responible breeding practices.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that the CKC is the Canadian Kennel Club. And what would they have to do with puppy mills in the states? This problem goes beyond any kennel club and into the hands of just plain BAD BREEDERS without morals. Clubs or no clubs, some people are going to do horrible things to make a quick buck. This show is a good thing to bring light to this situation, but quite honestly, IMO, as long as there's a market out there for dogs, there will be inhumane breeders mass producing to meet the demand.
I just watched it. I told myself i wasnt going to, but i did. Have been a basket case ever since. I, like LPN, totally lost it on the euthanasia segment. We can not place the blame on breed registries, or responsible breeders. Puppymills need to be shut down and petstores should be barred from selling dogs and cats. We as pet owners need to be responsible and have our pets spayed or neutered. Its not a single person or group effort. It takes EVERYONE that has an ounce of compassion for animals, rallying together to put an end to the overgrowing pet population.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Considering puppymills rarley use AKC anymore, some do but majority dont. The AKC putting a limit on numbers of litters would only cause the rest of them to ultimatley switch to one of the other fly by nite registries, ACA, ContinentalCK, APRI and would have virtually no impact on the numbers of litters they produce. That would just make it actually harder on those who are doing right such as show breeders who might happen to co-own many dogs that they dont actually have in their posession. Is'nt it Abbylyne who co-owns 20 something but she only actually has a small handful. Between her co-owned and own personal dogs may produce more than 5 litters a year and that would just make it harder on people like her and we all know she has the highest standards for shelties possible. Not saying she has 5 litters a year but just for an example. A limit of 5 litters would also cause the remaining mills using AKC to combine litters on the same paperwork, especially litters sired by the same dog beings only frequently used sires are the ones having to be DNA verified. Most of the mills find AKC requirments too demanding and while they are actually quite lax for the honest person, a mill finds them hard to operate with. So therefore they have already jumped to the "other" registries.
Does Oprah.com have a place to watch the entire episode? I dont have television but would like to see it for curiosity.
I watched the Oprah show on puppy mills today and cried all the way thru it. It actually makes me ill to see the way these dogs are treated. I have been doing rescue for over 30 years and sometimes it seems like no matter what is done there is no real progress made to reduce the number of needy dogs. I don't care how much is spent on getting the average person to spay/neuter their pets, unless the mass producers are shut down, the total number of homeless or unwanted animals is not going to be reduced by a significant amount.There must be a way to reduce the market and profit factor.I grew up on a farm and all the animals were provided with shelter, good food, and proper vet care. The cows and horses were groomed and kept clean. Saying the Amish look on the dogs as a cash crop does not excuse their lack of concern for the dogs living conditions. I am sure God didn't intend us to treat any of his creatures with such little regard.