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as 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 by clear going to try to fix it i felt more like a hypocrite where if you can't defend the rights of all dogs if you're going to ignore the problem down the street. at 1st it 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 did about it was because that's when people started buying christmas copies 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 temperatures and the very very high temperature is that 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 forty's this is cold it's not over cold this it is average when 000 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 a long time to think that we've been trying to hear this when we had our young people hang out in front of 5 stars on saturdays because we only had to be out here for 2 hours and the dogs there have to be out here all the time the dogs
in the shelters are. wrestling different. and i think it's going to take an interest people become more aware of what what about the millions and what starts in the store actually do or i like to say that it's a ripple effect if i have to hate 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 risk 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 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 the department 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 slap 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 force with the animal welfare act has been horrendous in the end for many many years and just 2008 of 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 is spent 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 or you know it's not the the kennel really well for it it's the animals and yes even some of the good inspectors were there 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 point 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 or so yes votes in the house out of 435 the problem is on animal welfare 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. you know world of big partisan movies a lot for us and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that made stream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smart or we need to stop slamming the door on the bat. 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 watching the hawks. for. the european union's tendency to believe that is and only it represents europe has long been a major gripe for russia but as the e.u. experiences significant internal difficulties it is starting to reassess what it is
and what it stands for what does that process mean for the countries sharing the continent with. the caribbean a special case something we can benefit from the developed yeah but didn't get us in the gulf when. you thought the whole doping in russia think was over forget it missile parts of the community i'll try to go up through a couple of pressure we have them all still some of the models of the. russian athletes eligibility for the international competition says that stake in this includes events like the tokyo olympics and the fee for world cup and qatar if i am in the early as last showing all chess that you know where you're coming out though just as it was 4 years ago in moscow anti-doping plavix at the center of the scandal so who tampered with the doping samples database and one does greegor you
want she could have to do with it and you know she still does restart the ball does it mean it put us in a little spots will not use the push on the machine you ship might expose me in the ocean touch a little bit to the pollution and initially. throughout the years members of the senate agriculture committee have received enormous campaign contributions from as. culture giants including month center 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 dogs and yet somehow interest to find a way to twisted around and make you scared into voting against those commonsense positive public policy is 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 that is incrementally building animal welfare standards it's eventually going to lead the society to examine their thought even with strong public support for commonsense 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 out of legislation and getting hundreds of thousands of comments from h.s. us 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 facilities across the united states were subject to inspection. besides commercial breeding facilities this includes research facilities zoos circuses marine parks transport vehicle television and film productions involving animals state fairs camel rides 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 merely 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 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 we've got 115 people. stationed across the country to do our inspections. there 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 at 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 but i want to keep an eye on it even documented u.s.t.a. inspectors who had their old puppy mill themselves documented supervisors of inspectors who were out working as roofers during the day and they're supposed to be out check you know their inspectors i mean 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. 100 at sellers and we just have to continue now with our efforts to educate the public of the best place to get an old as a shelter over a rescue group or a responsible breeder who is really treating the other 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 auctions 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 near the crate with him he will just start freaking out he won't let us read even anywhere near and. that is a. lot of e-mail abhi mail. me ask me i am going on well i'm rains and i know it's out but it's me and i see why no one out there. but i swear he's really really cute. he's really cute in many other behaviors and these 2 in here came from a hoarding situation philadelphia we took in 39 little blue show while our dr 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 needs to be crossed because they're not rescuing are 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 they stop going to change it's just it's not going to stop i'll be down as the day i die and i owe a lot i hope i hope i don't have to spend my days gonna save dogs we americans are treating dogs like members of the family we all love them and to our beds to sleep at night we spend money on them we give them life saving better and care a society that values dogs is not a design 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 rest used in pounds 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 and. the power really does lie in 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 miller terrified the other side has a much more difficult as they've got to convince people that keeping dogs in confinement for their entire law is. denying the vector expose you moved your troops of even cold is an acceptable way to treat go these are alike to 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 it's really important people if they see something going on especially i mean i mean just as they should bring it to people's attention you know people to know what's going on out there and. they just do 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.
and my feeling with this world it's right now is we're folkenflik and fearful and there's a certain generation that's controlling all the politics around the world still when i generation guys off and children that are brought off in this movie really are less materialistic don't really care about this that it's going to be even more automobiles want to live right beside their job want to ride a bicycle and this movement is global and it's going the world is going to have to go in this direction and it's going to change. and there is only johnson. and i just got out of prison for. 41 years. i'm 73 years old now i got arrested for too many for something to. feel like just everything was taken out of.
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