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Dogs are Livestock?Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 8:29 AM
Ike for President!
Any animal issue greatly affects Iowa due to many livestock farmers here in our state making a living by raising cattle, hogs, chickens, turkeys, and sheep for food sources. Unfortunately, Iowa sees companion animals (dogs, cats, etc.) as livestock. Why that is, I don't understand. There is clearly a difference between animals whose purpose is to feed us as opposed to animals that we choose to have as a companion, live in our home, and treat as though they are part of our family.
Unfortunately, with Iowa ranking #2 in the number of ''puppy mills'' in the US, there are dogs that are nothing more than a source of income for the breeder. They are trapped all of their lives in tiny wire cages, continually bred without ever stepping foot on the grass or feeling the tender touch of a human hand. The difference here, in my opinion, is that this ''livestock'' endures the suffering for many years. ''Regular livestock'' has a much shorter life span.
Until Iowa decides that companion animals are not livestock, we will continue to fight puppy mills, and the stringent rules and regulations placed on livestock.
As for the politicians trying every angle to earn my vote, I'm voting for Ike!
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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer