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it's consumers but i mean i think for the public very clearly you know you have a choice in the product that you buy at the store. when you hear of a problem in your own backyard if you're going to try to fix it i felt more like a hypocrite where you can't defend the rights of all dogs if you're going to ignore the problem down the street. have 1st there was i wanted to educate people who had no idea like i did and so i knew about it and somehow i was educated by one story that other people would be. the protests started black friday of 2011 and the reason we do about it is because that's when people start buying christmas puppies start placing orders for christmas copies and we wanted that to stop so when they 1st started we were there to close every single saturday that was
a very very long and cold winter. we always protest peacefully we always hold our signs are we always have our back up i keep a folder with all the information i have handouts for people that are very factual and we don't tell anyone that's the biggest thing. few friends and i started going around to the mills in iowa and experiencing it firsthand so our local store is diabetics that shop and we went in there and we saw the puppies and asked them and our 1st they were like from a breeder and they were very open about it and so we asked if we could contact them and so they gave us their card and we made an appointment and we went and we visited the mill and. it was awful. in general we
have the negative temperature and the very very high temperature the dogs are forced to live in that 247 and so our protests are every single week and no matter what the weather today. to be positive temperatures when i left my house this morning with the wind chill it was negative 40 this is cold because on our coldest it is average with 00 but usually air protagonists are between 2 people and 10 people every lead just depends on the weather and what we all have going on it is a priority of everybody we have several people travel from out of town to get here 2 years is a long time to think that we've been in front of here this is where we hang out young people hang out in front of 5 stars on saturdays because we only have to be out here for 2 hours and the dogs are have to be out here all the time.
dogs in the shelters these are. going to drastically different lives. and i think it's going to be entranced people become more aware of what's what a puppy mill me and someone starts in the store actually door i like to say that it's a ripple effect if i advocate one person who knows how many other people they will tout and so if we can all educate our little corner of the earth that someday we will not have these problems because once the public really knows what's going on they will support and. no matter how upset i am i know the dogs have a smarts and so i'd never even consider giving up it's never been an option and i will use my voice because we don't mind i'll keep doing it and tell the.
until recent changes the only federal regulations governing commercial dog breeding dates back to the passing of the animal welfare act or a.w.a. in 1966 the a.w.a. defined a commercial dog breeder as one who maintains 4 or more breeding female dogs and sells the offspring into wholesale channels any breeder or retail pet store in gauged in the direct sale of dogs to the public was exempt from the a.w.a. . let me clarify that a little bit the animal welfare act only requires that we do annual inspections on research facilities so there is no requirement for the other entities that we regulate. but every facility that's either licensed or registered with us is assigned a minimum inspection frequency we have a wrist based inspection system so based on the risk of finding noncompliance risk of animal welfare concerns the facility may be assigned a frequency of once
a year twice a year 3 times a year whatever that system a science to it the a.w.a. does not require yearly vet check ups access to exercise socialization or protections against extreme heat or cold and allows both wire flooring and stackable cages. for the animal welfare act is passed and requires humane standards of care for dogs raised in commercial breeding establishment and they require as of the department of agriculture go out and inspect these facilities and make sure that they're complying with these regulations i always refer to the regulations that we have today with the u.s.d.a. as survival standards if you comply with the centers of care the dogs will probably . visit humane no right now and u.s.d.a. regulations a dog only requires 6 inches a living space bigger than the dog itself and you're talking about a dog is living in that space for its entire lives and that are part of agriculture really is there promote american agriculture it's not an impartial sort of entity
that is neutral the overseeing the laws and for years u.s.d.a. was allied with the very interests that it was supposed to regulate including these folks within the agriculture sector who started raising puppies and started operating puppy mills never in the state of ohio has any breeder been forced out of this. long. standing violations of the animal welfare act if they choose to no longer pay us to a license it's because they chose not to renew their license not because inspectors came out to actually revoke that license i never heard of a regulator coming to pennsylvania no one was getting shut down the feeling of the industry was very we don't have to worry about it so frankly their doors were pretty open the so often if a breeder some violation of the animal welfare act they get
a slap on the hands and when they get the slop on the hands. off and it is months following the violation and they're given an opportunity to correct the violation and sometimes it may be days. before that inspector returns to ensure that the violations been corrected on it's very rare that they will be given a fine that is truly impactful to their bottom line so they factor it in as a cost of doing business in the animal world for it has been horrendous in the end for many many years and just 2000 new their own office of inspector general issued a very doable report on how terrible their inspections were they documented inspectors walking by dogs and just leaving of there you know that writing up these people and putting them out of business to spend really really bad the inspector general found several major problems with them foresman of the a.w.a. including finding a massive loophole that allowed breeders to sell puppies over the internet without
a license and delaying confiscation of suffering animals to give violators a final opportunity to take corrective action before confiscation can occur even in extreme cases where animals are dying it is called the animal welfare you know it's not the kennel really well for it it's the animals and yes even some of the good inspectors were there in this building inspectors in made sure that the building was clean and they had good shelter from the extreme. temperatures but the dogs of . the photo a lot of the focus of that was on inconsistency in some of the things our inspectors were citing and the length of time it took to get to enforcement so we put. some an intensified training in place for our inspectors some a different oversight or inspection process and work with our branch to find different ways to expedite the enforcement process since and we've also worked on
some nontraditional or non regulatory solutions if we can help somebody come into compliance without having to resort to enforcement action and get those animals in a better welfare situation quicker that's what we're going to do. since being elected in 1907 senator dick durbin has introduced legislation in every session that would dramatically improve the lives of dogs in commercial kennels and would close the internet loophole. the way people sold dogs changed and has it changed it was no longer going to the individual breeder oh longer just going to the store now was online sales and they were exempt from the kind of regular inspection that would protect the puppies and their mothers so we had to make sure that our bill really filled the scale up and provided the protection for those online sales and the pups that were part of it even in the midst of the hyper partisanship of the u.s.
senate on the issue of puppy mills senator durbin found willing partners on the republican side of the aisle my 1st co-sponsor was rick santorum one of the most conservative republicans from pennsylvania he was on this bill with me and then after he left the senate i had senator vitter from louisiana another very conservative senator so it turns out that when it comes to humane treatment of animals and dogs in particular this is very bipartisan if a bill like pups went to the floor of the house of the senate it would be an overwhelming yea vote for the measure there would be $9095.00 yes votes in the senate you know be $400.00 or so yes votes in the house out of $435.00 the problem is on an a wall for legislation the congress is that many of the bills you get track to the house and senate committees on agriculture and those committees are populated by the most rural lawmakers aligned with the biggest agribusiness interests in the
united states. facebook and google started with a great idea and great ideals unfortunately it was also a very dark side. they are constructing a profile of you and that profile is real it's detailed and it never goes away. turns out that google is manipulating your opinions from the very 1st character that you type into the search bar it will always. one dog food over another one comparative shopping service over another and one candidate over another they can suppress certain types of results diced on what they think you should be see if they have this kind of power then democracy is it an illusion the free and fair election doesn't exist the more road we give them the sooner we are all.
dead or survival guide let's stay single malt to start settling the federal reserve . be sure it's still there you don't get it. oh heck no let's use a repatriation scheme to look at the rest of 70 years. bill of the separate kaiser report. throughout the years members of the senate agriculture committee have received enormous campaign contributions from agriculture giant including months sento tyson smithfield and cargill the site's these direct contributions each of these corporations spent millions of dollars each year lobbying congress. seemingly afraid of how a theoretical slippery slope protecting dogs in puppy mills could hurt their
operations corporate agriculture sided with commercial breeders they get loads of campaign cash from these agribusiness groups because that's the funnel for the legislation that these agribusiness groups want who doesn't want to protect docs and yet somehow interest to find a way to twist it around and make you scared into voting against those commonsense positive public policies they typically oppose any animal welfare legislation because they think they're going to be next and they think that if you have a society of it is incrementally building animal welfare standards it's eventually going to lead society to examine their thought even with strong public support for common sense changes to the animal welfare act none of these bills were allowed out of committee recognizing the original intentions of the a.w.a. and the advent of commercial breeders selling exclusively over the internet the
u.s.d.a. moved on their own to update the regulations. so the administration seeing the enormous number of senators and u.s. representatives backing a legislation and getting hundreds of thousands of columns from h.s. u.s. members and other animal welfare advocates they finally passed a rule to bring these internet sellers under the regulatory authority of us to before the change in regulations nearly $7500.00 facilities across the united states were subject to inspection besides commercial breeding facilities this includes research facilities zoos circuses marine parks transport vehicles television and film productions involving animals state fairs camel right petting zoos elephant right and traveling and or roadside zooms. in 201-3115 u.s.d.a. inspectors conducted between 101-1000 inspections on these various facilities
approximately 3000 of those inspections were conducted on commercial dog breeding facilities since this change in policy will now also require commercial breeders selling on the internet to obtain a license the u.s.d.a. estimates that there will be up to $4600.00 additional new facilities under their inspection umbrella based on their own projections a total of between 101-2000 facilities will now fall under the inspection provisions of the animal welfare act this change will increase the workload of their 115 inspectors by newly a 3rd. the u.s.d.a. has no plans to add additional inspectors i think since the real big came into effect the number one way that we've gotten contacts are people's names as people suffer porting we do we have looked at breeder registries to get i did get numbers
we watch the internet a look at. marketing promotional things from folks that sell over the internet so this is a good move for on dogs that it's now part of the animal welfare act but again our question's going to be how are you going to enforce that because you're having a very difficult time in forcing a law that was already in place and now we've just added a new dimension to it and we've got a 115 people. stationed across the country to do our inspections. their workload is prioritized by risk based system so we get them to those places where they're most needed and at this point in time we do feel like we have resources to be successful in doing this you know i worry about that what a time or cutting back on spending appropriations in every direction and they say they have enough to get started and i want to keep an eye on it even documented us
yea inspectors who had their old puppy mill themselves documented supervisors of inspectors who were out working as roofers during the day they're supposed to be out check you know their inspectors and the enforcement was absolutely atrocious and has bad since the inception of the act and it was just recently in the last couple years that u.s.d.a. has really turned around and started to enforce the laws but on the books since 1007 we're seeing a closing of this loophole that a lot of internet sellers and we just have to continue now with our effort to educate the public that the best place to get in a walls is a shelter or rescue group or a responsible breeder who is really treating the mother dog like a pet and not a breed. machine. usually have a number so he actually has a tattoo on his ear as he's optioned and that's my word it's not that my business name once we got him he was shaking
a lot because he didn't know what to do he was trapped in this tiny little wired cage. we don't need a crate with him he will stir freaking out and he will let us read even anywhere near. the meaning. of e-mail be mailed. me ask me a little and i will now camarines i'll be known as i guess that's me at least i want to know now there are you know. when i say well he's really really cute nice he's really cute in many other great years ago and these 2 in here came from a hoarding situation philadelphia we took in 39 a little bleach a while lock box and makes this. guy. our our. dog was probably about 9 months
old even months old and the dog was so full of joy and just wanted to get out run around and the dog was down and help those playing in and it was in a rabbit hutch standing on wire but it desperately wanted to get out and i can we take this dog no i just got the dog we're breeding the dog i'm just starting to breed or so this was years ago and then every time we went back i would see this dog and the dog was getting older and older and he didn't want to anymore because she wasn't a good breeder and i was looking at her and her eyes were dead and within i would say about a month beast she started to come around and i could see the dog that i remembered from before it's a shame that she had to go through all that you know her entire life just consisted of this misery. and we need people to start realizing that these poppy mills exist these puppies in
pet stores come from puppy mill us whether you believe it or not that's where your dog came from a puppy. thing that he's really crossed was they're not rescuing or saving a puppy by by buying their dog what they're doing is they're sentencing the mother that dog to a lifetime of misery you know you know the general public doesn't stop buying poppies a stock i change it's just it's not going to stop i'll be down as the day i die and i owe a lot and i hope i hope i don't have to spend my days to save dogs we americans are treating dogs like members of the family we all love them in their beds to sleep at night we spend money on them we give them life saving better a care a society that values dogs is not a suicide it's going to tolerate this abuse of dogs on puppy mills. until the public is willing to forgo the purchase of
a puppy on the internet or in pet stores no regulation will end the suffering of thousands of breeding dogs trapped in commercial mills across the united states and humane societies rescues impounds millions of dogs are awaiting the chance to join a family if the general public decides to adopt and not shop the factory farming of puppies would end. the power really does line the people what we have as a movement is a 1000000 households who care about animals and who are willing to pick up the phone and being able to tap that power that is what should make any puppy mill or terrified the other side has a much more difficult test they've got to convince people that keeping dogs in confinement for their entire law is. denying the vector exposing them to a true to the cold is an acceptable way to treat go these are elected officials and
they work for us and we're going to make sure they work for us we know we're up against a lot of corruption and consumer fraud and animal cruelty but i think it's every time you educate that one person that could be the next person who makes a difference at the state house or at the local level or even at the federal level such a case may gone. home i do think that it's really important people if they see something going on especially i mean i mean just as it should bring it to people's attention and people to know what's going on out there and. they just feel otherwise change is not possible. 20 years from now we'd all like to look back and we know what's going to happen we're going to what back and we're going to say thank god we don't have anymore i can't believe the way we allow people to treat these dogs.
ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door on the back and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now for watching closely for watching the hawks. and also seemed wrong when all the wrong just don't hold. me close to me yet to stamp out disdain and to come to educate and in gains from an equal betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart. just to look for common ground. is you'll be via reflection of reality.
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