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Dogs are Livestock?

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 8:29 AM

Ike for President!
Politicians work to gain different groups of peoples votes. One group that is being drug into the mix is The Humane Society. Steve King likes to call members of this group as ''radical animal activist''. Christie Vilsak brought to the attention of voters that King voted against making it illegal to attend an organized dog fight or taking your child to watch this sick form of entertainment. Mitt Romney opted to crate his dog strapped to the roof of his car when traveling. Really!?!

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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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

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

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