Oprah: Puppy Mill Horrors

4/4/2008:

It’s probably a bit too late to DVR this now if you’re at work, but on today’s Oprah show, a powerful documentary about the horrors that take place in “designer dog” puppy mills will be aired. Channel 7 at 4pm.

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Wayne Pacelle, the President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States sent this note out to the Hoboken Dog Association.

Tune in Today: Horrors of Puppy Mills

“Dear HDA,
I invite you to watch an extraordinary hour of television today (Friday, April 4): “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is scheduled to air a special episode highlighting the cruel realities of puppy mills.

Millions of “Oprah” show viewers will be shocked when they learn of the underhanded tactics and deplorable practices used to mass produce purebred puppies and designer dogs, as seen in an investigative report by Lisa Ling. Animal lovers nationwide will also see what impact these “factories” have on pet overpopulation.

I’ll be a guest on the show, sharing the expertise of The HSUS and our campaigns to stop puppy mills and end pet overpopulation.

You’ve previously signed our pledge to help stop puppy mills. Thank you so much. Now, please tell your friends to watch “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Friday, April 4, and ask them to sign our pledge.

Thank you for all that you do for animals.

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle

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62 Comments on "Oprah: Puppy Mill Horrors"

ninjarule
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ninjarule

[quote comment=”77512″]BUYER BEWARE

Excerpt from a book by Howard Lyman on pet food:
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“Rendered ingredients are listed on the label as by-products or -meal (meat by-products, chicken by-products, bone meal, fish meal, etc)… The following items go into the “blender” at the rendering plant: ground-up dead horses, euthanized dogs and cats (from pounds and vets’ offices), pigs, chickens, turkeys, and the blood and fecal matter of cows and chickens. This mixture goes into farm animal feed as well as into pet foods.”
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There are many vegan alternatives for pet food and treats. Another thing we can do is eat as vegan as possible, or at least switch to “Certified Humane” meat. We can also switch to vegan human products, such as synthetic fiber garments — as opposed to leather, wool, and fur — in order to decrease needless suffering of animals.[/quote]

EWWWWWWWWWWUUUUUUU ❗
that is so f*in disgusting

humanity
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humanity

Thank you gunter for your helpful feedback. I found this website http://www.downbound.com that I particularly liked because their very first emphasis is on ethical shopping. They say their purpose is to uphold human rights, environmentalism, and animal rights when producing and consuming products. It seems like they’re the sort of visionaries we would want to support, as opposed to thoughtless consumerism.

gunter
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gunter

[quote comment=”77512″]BUYER BEWARE

Excerpt from a book by Howard Lyman on pet food:
———————————
“Rendered ingredients are listed on the label as by-products or -meal (meat by-products, chicken by-products, bone meal, fish meal, etc)… The following items go into the “blender” at the rendering plant: ground-up dead horses, euthanized dogs and cats (from pounds and vets’ offices), pigs, chickens, turkeys, and the blood and fecal matter of cows and chickens. This mixture goes into farm animal feed as well as into pet foods.”
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There are many vegan alternatives for pet food and treats. Another thing we can do is eat as vegan as possible, or at least switch to “Certified Humane” meat. We can also switch to vegan human products, such as synthetic fiber garments — as opposed to leather, wool, and fur — in order to decrease needless suffering of animals.[/quote]

Euthanized dogs and cats??? I always assumed the animal by-products meant things like cow tongue or something… not cow feces! That’s the most disgusting thing I’ve heard of. Thanks for the tip…….. I think I’ll be switching my dogs diet.

humanity
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humanity

BUYER BEWARE

Excerpt from a book by Howard Lyman on pet food:
———————————
“Rendered ingredients are listed on the label as by-products or -meal (meat by-products, chicken by-products, bone meal, fish meal, etc)… The following items go into the “blender” at the rendering plant: ground-up dead horses, euthanized dogs and cats (from pounds and vets’ offices), pigs, chickens, turkeys, and the blood and fecal matter of cows and chickens. This mixture goes into farm animal feed as well as into pet foods.”
———————————
There are many vegan alternatives for pet food and treats. Another thing we can do is eat as vegan as possible, or at least switch to “Certified Humane” meat. We can also switch to vegan human products, such as synthetic fiber garments — as opposed to leather, wool, and fur — in order to decrease needless suffering of animals.

gunter
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gunter
[quote comment=”77155″]General question for everyone, because I really do want to talk about puppy mills. It seems like things we can do are: ————————- (1) Boycott the industry (2) Try to educate people about these issues (3) Harass our legislators (4) Support the Humane Society (5) Refrain from extreme, antagonistic tactics as a means of getting a good message across ————————- Any ideas on anything else we can do? Is there something more immediate that can be done, maybe using this latest Oprah publicity as a springboard? It’s so frustrating to have to sit by while these things continue to happen :x[/quote] While I can’t say what more consumers can do, I applaud your idealism. It’s important to stop masking and undermining with bad sarcasm, and start thinking of good things we can all do together. One thing that comes to mind on your education point is trying to incorporate “respect for all life” themes into teaching. For one thing, harvesting millions of animal fetuses for kids to dissect sends the message that animal life has no value. This is especially so because you don’t need to dissect an animal to learn anatomy. You only need a poster for that. In the school where I work, I see kids poking the fetuses, nailing it into “funny” postures, and throwing organs at each other. It’s sad that we send our kids the message that this is acceptable. I don’t know how regular people can mobilize to accomplish these goals, but whenever… Read more »
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