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It's a Dog's Life
Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien

Dogs are Livestock?

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 8:29 AM
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  • Given that so many of the puppy mills in this area are owned by Amish/Mennonite, I would be curious as to how they reconcile large scale breeding with their cherished traditions. Amish farming has changed little since first settling here, and large scale breeding was never a part of the *old ways.* Settlers practiced careful animal husbandry to increase their cattle herds, horse stables, sheep herds, etc. Dogs were mated to provide dogs for herding, hunting, and protection on the frontier, and cats may be bred to provide more felines for pest control, but certainly nothing compared to the large scale milling of puppies. So, how do they reconcile the old ways that they live by with the large scale manufacturing, for lack of a better term, of puppies regardless if they see dogs as livestock or not? Also, the horrendous treatment and conditions these animals are subjected to would seem to fly in the face of God's edict that we treat all of his creatures with kindness and mercy.

    -- Posted by SEPRCharlie on Tue, Oct 30, 2012, at 1:32 PM
  • It baffles me how anyone can look into the eyes of a dog or cat - "companion animals" - and not see an intelligent, loving creature that deserves to be treated with respect. All animals deserve that, of course, but our pets have, over the centuries, evolved into something much more. They are members of our family, they keep us company, offer unconditional love as well as protection (okay, maybe not the cats so much) and in general enrich our lives.

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Gandhi

    -- Posted by JTennant on Fri, Nov 2, 2012, at 6:20 PM
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