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originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
When we consider the Amish, we often have the image of a quaint and simple people, living a quiet devoutly religious life without the intrusion of modern influences. Often romanticized in movies and TV shows, we’re presented with the visage of gentle people dedicated to an uncomplicated “country” lifestyle. However, as is all propaganda, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Notorious for working horses until they die in the field or can no longer walk from pulling buggies for hours on hard paved roads, the Amish are known for something that directly clashes with their supposed religious beliefs, brutal animal cruelty.
This hidden aspect of Amish immorality has been brought to light recently in Minnesota, where illegally operated puppy mills have been granted new licenses for expanding their operations. That’s right, despite dozens of reports of extremely brutal cruelty toward the dogs, and extensive citations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Amish puppy mills are expanding in Minnesota. A state where 80,000 to 90,000 unwanted dogs are euthanized each year.
One of the Minnesota puppy mill operators, an Amish man with an extensive record of USDA violations related to illegal dog breeding, has been granted a permit to operate a puppy farm with 85 adult dogs. Dogs that will be kept in cages, with untreated wounds and illnesses, covered in feces and unable to walk will be churning out those puppies you see in pet stores. Speculation on social media is that these “devoutly religious” Amish are bribing corrupt officials in order to get their permits — permits that would normally be denied to operators with their history of violations.
Minnesota is just the tip of an iceberg of brutality. Often illegally operated Amish puppy mills have been a problem across the Midwest and Northeast for decades. Back in 1993, the New York Times ran a series of stories exposing the illegal and mind boggling brutal Amish operations in Pennsylvania. Puppy mills in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Indiana, most of which are operated by the Amish, refuse to follow state kennel laws and regularly accumulate multiple violations with little or no penalty. In the rare cases where an Amish puppy mill operation is shut down, it’s simply restarted on an Amish neighbor’s property.
Current estimates calculate that these mostly illegal Amish puppy mills are responsible for as much as 70% of the puppies that make it to retail pet stores. Masking the brutal points of origin through puppy auctions, it’s often difficult, if not impossible to trace the point of origin of these troubled dogs back to their brutal beginnings. And indeed they often come with behavioral problems, after being raised in sadistic conditions with little or no human contact outside of the ruthless operators. And all too often, these puppies with behavioral problems are too much for a family to handle, and are given up to shelters and humane societies where euthanasia is likely.
While in the broad scheme of all the world’s problems, these barbaric puppy mills might seem like a small annoyance amongst an overwhelming cacophony of societal problems. But is it really? Is this actually an example of how callous we’ve become; that we would allow these domesticated creatures that can give us so much, to be breed by the hundreds of thousands in such deplorable conditions? The only way to fix society is by one problem at a time, and this seems like an easy problem to fix. And fixing the smaller problems is the path to fixing the bigger ones.
This is no different than how the beef you eat is treated, the chickens, the pigs...
On the contrary, it is very different. We don’t eat dogs or horses (well, most of us don’t, and certainly the Amish do not).
I know how awful these things are. I have had to unfollow several friends on Facebook because they insist on thrusting the horror of industrial animal farming in everybody’s face every morning. Yes, it is cruel, abominable, an animal holocaust. But it a consequence of mass-market industrial capitalism, not carnivorism. That’s all I’m saying.
One problem at a time right?? I absolutely agree Food Inc. should and could be addressed as well, but realistically we need to take steps towards that. Starting in the pet industry may very well be that foot in the door for the livestock factory farms as well. Lets us propose legal challenges, counter arguments, edit and amend, and resubmit legislation in the meantime still?
originally posted by: redhorse
How many horses have you trained? I'm not confusing a blessed thing. Horses aren't people. They are flight animals with an ingrained, explosive response that is particularly violent if they are unsure and abused. An abused horse is an unpredictable, frightened horse. Even a horse who has had their "spirit broken", and stands there with their head half down, barely looking at anything will blow up if they make a mistake because they think that you are going to beat them. I have not found any of that to the be the case with the Amish horses (again, the caveat is locally). You can't "train them to be normal", with abuse. That is an absurd assertion, generally made by those who don't know one end of a horse from the other.