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If no puppy mills, then what?
I clicked on some Puppy Mill links to get more info. I have to admit our Havanese is the first dog we bought at a breeder. Out of ignorance, we usually bought puppies at a pet store. ("We" includes my extended family going back 50 years.) And once from a newspaper ad, once from the neighbors down the street, once a stray, and once a rescue dog at a shelter.
I see people being warned about puppy mills and dog auctions, and being redirected to various types of shelters and rescue groups. But, realistically, even if the laws against puppy mills were so severe and monitoring was so strict to stop puppy mills, then what? Where would people get their dogs? Are there enough dogs "made" at places that AREN'T puppy mills to meet consumer demand?
It looks like their are lobbying groups and many associations working against animal abuse. But is there any organization offering support, incentives, or bonuses to more humane alternatives? If I do the math and see how much it cost my breeder to make our puppy available, I don't think breeders are making a windfall by any stretch of the imagination. And that just includes the cost of MY puppy, not including blemished or non-productive animals that couldn't be sold or bred.
I see breeders that care about the health and well-being of a breed. They act as scientists to keep the lines healthy. And they act as mothers to keep the individual puppies happy. They act as teachers to coach the puppy buyers.
We need more people dedicated to the dogs, not the dollar.
I haven't done a lot of research, so maybe I am off base. But what about tax breaks for people who buy animals at certain places? (But how is that defined or monitored?) When a new company comes into the area, it is common for the company to be exempt from certain taxes because of the value the company is added to the community. Why not tax breaks for legitimate animal "producing" companies? Maybe every dog business cannot afford to coddle its babies, but at least let's give them a chance for the babies to live in a safe environment.
Companies get grants to start businesses. Perhaps there could be some financial incentives or assistance for animal companies.
I know this isn't a perfect world. And I am concerned about other things like child abuse and bullying. But I am a great animal lover and I hate to see any creature suffer.
Am I missing something? Is there anything being done to provide realistic alternatives to puppy mills, that can actually make a difference in meeting demand?