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Well, today I had a day to kill in the Philadelphia area (I am an airline pilot) and decided to rent a car and go exploring. I decided to head to Lancaster County PA and check out some of the amish towns.

On my drive there, I saw a billboard about puppy mills. It said something to the effect that
Lancaster was home to most of the puppy mills in the US and to stop the abuse. I had heard that there were a lot of puppy mills in PA, but was surprised to see the billboard. I am glad someone cares enough to try to get the word out.

Anyhow, once I got back to my hotel tonight, I googled puppy mills and was very distressed to see how awful the poor dogs are treated. It is appalling. It is so sad.

I just want to remind everyone here, please do not buy a puppy from a pet store. Pet stores will say that they do not get their pets from puppy mills, but almost all of them do. If no one purchased these puppy mill dogs, these inhumane "breeders" would go out of business.

Heres a link (one of the less graphic ones) that gives a lot of facts about the situation.

http://www.stoppuppymills.org

After a day of seeing the amish and being fascinated with their way of life, I learned that there are vast numbers of amish and mennonites who run puppy mills. These poor animals are not given heat in the winter or cooling in the summer. I'll never be able to look at the amish again and think good things about them.

http://www.bogartsdaddy.com/Bouvier/Bouv_Pages/article-nypost-pa-puppymills.htm

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/9161328/detail.html
 

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Unfortunately, it's a fact that the Amish are known to operate puppy mills. That certainly doesn't mesh with their image of a gentle and kind people. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif
 
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