1) The phrase "puppy mill" has been promoted in the media by the animal rights movement, people who want to end all animal ownership. It is applied indiscriminately by these fanatics to anyone who breeds dogs.
2) There are just two types of breeders: those who are humane and those who aren't. Current laws prohibit inhumane, abusive and neglectful treatment of dogs. So-called "puppy mill bills" target according to number of dogs owned; however, what is important is the standard of care, not the numbers.
3) Most commercial breeders have state of the art kennels. They need to meet stringent USDA standards and the standards of their state laws.
4)"Sick" puppies do not sell. It is counterproductive for any industry to produce a defective product and expect to stay in business.
5) Passing laws to outlaw "puppy mills" will not solve anything. Inhumane breeders are already in violation of existing laws. New, stricter laws will only affect those breeders who are dedicated and caring. We need to enforce cruelty laws that are already on the books.
6) All the breeders in this country cannot produce enough puppies to meet the demands of the American market. Currently, hundreds of thousands of dogs and puppies are imported from other countries to meet the demand.
7) Breeders are not responsible for the presence of dogs in shelters. We have a problem with responsible ownership. Education is the key to improvement in this area.
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