Awareness day on the history of the puppy mill

Those who love dogs can’t even imagine a puppy and its parents living in a small, dark and dirty crate. They cannot move or play, they only have to play the role of giving birth. This is the reality of puppy mills. In large mills, thousands of dog cages are stacked on top of each other. None of these dogs are happy or healthy. But have you ever wondered how such a ruthless dog breeding trend started?

The popularity of puppy mills took off after WWII when thousands of families suffered from crop failures and a few thousand more had enough money to start a life with a family, a house, a garden and a dog. . Yes, purebred dogs were a status symbol and an indispensable commodity for people living in the suburbs. And as the economic law says, where there is a demand, there will be a supply. When the farmers who had suffered losses during cultivation realized this demand, they decided to start a new business – puppy mills. In fact, the USDA even promoted puppy mills by announcing that it was a lucrative business. And when the government gave its backing, it was no surprise that more farmers started entering the puppy business. In the mid-1960s, a house was incomplete without a dog.

Today, the USDA estimates that there are between 2,000 and 3,000 federally licensed commercial breeding establishments in the United States. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), meanwhile, estimates that around 176,088 dogs are kept for breeding in USDA-approved facilities, and around 2.15 million puppies are sold each year. Many of these puppies are sold over the Internet.

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