DOG AND CAT TRAFFICKING

The 15th Annual Fur-Ball held on April 27th, 2019 (presented by the Mc-Lean Cameron Animal Adoption Center), in Great Falls, Montana, was a highly enjoyable, festive occasion with a Happy Hour, a fantastic dinner, followed by an evening of spectacular donation events. A truly wonderful time was had by all.

One thing absolutely chilled me; the screen shots of dogs and cats whose forever homes had crumbled. Do you realize hundreds of thousands (I mean millions) of dogs and cats are treated like the hundreds of thousands (millions) of children caught in slave and sex trafficking.

Enslaved, they die without a chance to escape to a normal (happy) life. The explosion of the horrendous U.S. billion dollar dog selling business is blamed on puppy mills and unknowledgeable backyard breeders. Some of the blame is due the millions of dog owners who purchased these puppies.

You don’t blame the gun in our too frequent horrendous shootings. You blame the person who pulls the trigger. Putting blame on puppy mills and unknowledgeable backyard breeders hinders education efforts on how owners should responsibly care for a dog or cat.

You can say, “Hey, there are many wonderful dog and cat owners.” Correct. You can say, “Ah, come on. Look at the strides we have made in pet education. Dog and cat breed enthusiasts pay for costly breed specific health checks.” Yes, One of national and local dog and cat clubs’ main purpose is pet education of members and would-be members. You can say, “Pet product companies eagerly supply easy-to-follow pet care booklets.” “Many schools provide pet care school programs for young children.” “Look at the wonderful programs on television that teach respect for animals.”

True. BUT! Have laws, education, or prison sentences lessened sex trafficking of young children? No. Sex trafficking of young children has never been so widespread in the world as right now. Have we reduced murder by guns by pointing out the awful tragedies that follow? No. And have we reduced the trafficking and throwaway practices today’s masses indulge in – like the throw-away dogs and cats existing (for a short while) in the country’s over 3500 animal shelters? No. The shelters keep growing in numbers, just like the number of dogs and cats euthanized each year.

Did you know we can blame the initial existence of puppy mills on the USDA?Crop failures were common after World War  !!. The USDA encouraged struggling farmers to support themselves by getting in on the newly lucrative business of selling puppies, kittens and rabbits. Many low-paid and out-of-work individuals who knew little about animal husbandry (nor cared to learn), hurriedly built chicken coops, but not for chickens. They turned them into lifetime jails so they could produce dogs, cats and rabbits until the breeding animals died. Most started with strays and/or with ones they stole from backyards. What did it matter? The adorable baby animals sold fast. Now you know how America’s puppy mills came into being.

Despite today’s many education advances in the dog and cat world since the 1950s, we still have trouble reaching the large public. Many owners never learn how to take responsible care of their puppies. Many depend on pet care stories from ancestors. Today is a different world!

We need to act on pet care programs that fit our times. While school pet care programs for young children are fun and somewhat rewarding, not all young children remember what they infrequently hear about. High school children do. Why don’t taxpayers insist middle and high school principals assign a teacher to conduct a mandatory week-long pet (or animal) care program every term. It is highly important for children to learn how to treat nd train animals.These classes would definitely help them learn to deal with common sense the terrible misery and violence that permeates our modern world. Positive animal lessons also help children learn how to treat fellow humans.

Modern pet animal custodians keep giving us with great tools designed to help new dog and cat lovers understand why their pet does this and that, so their pet is able to adjust successfully into the human world. Great Falls, Montana, for instance, has two excellent dog clubs – a dog obedience training club and a dog show exhibit club – both dedicated to helping new pet owners in understanding what their pet is all about. Along with Great Falls McLean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center, the city has care for unwanted dogs and cats at the Great Falls Animal Shelter for many, many years. Dog and cats are certainly highly breed intelligent. Owners need to know now to help them reach their full animal potential.

In a recent interview with a bright sophomore high school student, we ended up talking about dogs because my two were sitting beside me. “Yes, we have dogs,” he said, in answer to my question. “They are both ind of wild, though,” he added, laughing, “and they both pee all over the house every day.” “Did you ever think of training them?” “Nah. They’re my parents dogs, anyway. “We have a fine dog training club in Great Falls,” I said. “Well, we didn’t want trick dogs, just pets.” This adolescent’s father is a skilled  professional and his mother a teacher. With their academic educations, they never learned to housebreak their two dogs?

While children may gleefully watch the Westminster dog show and other animal productions on TV, the focus is usually on beauty and advertiser products, so factual information on responsible dog and car care largely exists for them in a foreign world.

Today, the country’s burgeoning animal shelters are divided into two types – high kill (where dogs and cats are throw-away animals) and low-kill of typical dogs (euthanizing only those with serious diseases or temperaments), dog and cats that past owners didn’t want any more or could not care for any longer.

Put your heads together! Think of a way you can help this horrific scourge of pet animal trafficking! Do as respected animal organizations plead: Get your dog or cat from an animal shelter, rescue group. or a humane and responsible breeder that you have carefully screened in person.

 

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