...So, my question is, how are we stopping puppy mills when we don't confront forum members when they purchase puppies from these breeders or from a box in a car parking lot?
I don't think my 'JOB' here is to confront anyone, mind you, I am not shy and most often tell it like it is, but I am not going to judge the decision of anyone that buys a puppy from a "not so reputable breeder". The best we can do is "Educate" the public about making the right decision, ultimately, is up to them what to do.
My own sister purchased her Havanese from the mall store. Why? Because it was a lot less money than buying from a breeder and all she could afford at the time. I explained to her the whole Puppy Mill thing but I can’t make decisions for her.
…I guess I just don't see how telling someone that their dogs are cute or you like the dog's coloring or you just like pictures is being supportive of stopping puppy mills.
Tell me, when a woman marries an ugly as hell man, who can’t keep a job and drinks every night until he passes out on the couch and have a kid who doesn’t have the Brad Pitt’s Looks, but is a cute kid.
Do you tell the woman, **** Girl, your kid is Fugly! Or do you just admit that is not the kid’s fault that his father is a PoS?
Is really not the dog’s fault that the owner didn’t or couldn’t buy a perfect dog, again, insert her the part where we can educate the public but can’t force them to make the right decision.
We pass judgment on each other with comments about how we feed our dogs, how we vaccinate (when sometimes our state laws require it), how we administer meds, how we train our dogs, etc., yet we don't seem to confront the issue of bad breeding. Why?
I don't think we pass judgment on how we feed or vaccinate our dogs, I think we each voice our experience and opinions. And when members ask about puppy mills we bring facts to the table.
Keep in mind that most cases that we see here, come to the Forum with a Puppy already, they can’t just put the dog in a bag and trash it, at that point is too late to do anything other than educate them for their next decision when it comes to getting a pet.