What Is A Puppy Mill?
Few people are aware of the existence of mass breeding facilities, puppy mills for want of a better term, where vast numbers of dogs are kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions spending their lives producing litter after litter. Female dogs come into their first season at approximately 4-6 months of age. This is when they are forced to begin their thankless existence as a breeding machine, seldom given any rest or reprieve between litters. Basically being kept in a continual cycle of pregnancy.
Many of these dogs spend day after day incessantly pacing back and forth in small enclosures, while others sit motionless in their confinement having succumbed to what is called ‘learned helplessness'. Basic needs such as exercise, socialization, kindness and warmth are not the norm. Pups are weaned from their mothers between 4 and 5 weeks of age and then transported to many pet shops for display to the unsuspecting public, sometimes earlier than the 8 week of age requirement.
It is a well practiced merchandising ploy to place cute little puppies in the front window of a pet shop as it pulls at the heart strings of the people passing by. This encourages people, especially those with children, to make an impulsive and often misguided purchase. What the consumer can't see is the breeding mother imprisoned miles away in her small pen awaiting repeated pregnancies. Fix NSW Animal Policy
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