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I stumbled on the Project Kindness – “Just Kindness, from our souls to theirs” blog, and feel the entry below should be shared with all. It is with regards to the way business-minded people exploit animals to breed babies and sell them for a profit, all in the name of selling love and devotion, aka the pet trade. This of course contributes to the homeless animals wandering our streets too.
Given the fact that at least 90% of all animals sent to the Singapore SPCA are killed by lethal injection, please consider the impact of your actions in deciding to breed or buy a “pet” animal.
And have you ever wonder what happens to the kittens and puppies who are not good enough for sale, whether they are white or normal coloured? How about the ones who are good enough for sale, but outgrew their sell-by date, and stopped being cute?
Stop Puppy Mills!
- A PETSHOP KITTEN
- ARE YOU FUNDING PUPPY MILLS AND ANIMAL CRUELTY?
- DawnWatch: Philly Daily News slams puppy mills — 3/29/06
- Get the Facts on Puppy Mills
- Kitten Mills
- Little Shops of Sorrows: API’s Pet Shop Campaign and Undercover Investigation by Animal Protection Institute
- Prisoners for Profit
- Why you should NEVER buy from a Pet Store
And in case you think such callous barbaric inhumanity is something that doesn’t happen on our dear great little red dot called Singapore, think again. These are just some of the articles on the local situation, published in the local media:
Articles and online comments in this year, 2006 alone.
- Do You Contribute to Animal Abuse? (ST, 20061022)
- Macaw had no food, water on hot afternoon (ST 20061010)
- AVA making right moves (Today, 20061003)
- AVA introduces Pet Shop Grading Scheme to up standards of pet shops (CNA 20060930)
- Denying links with animals allows us to treat them like mere objects (ST 20060926)
- Severely starved dog found dead on #14 Blk 652 Ponggol Central (ST 20060820)
- Despite suffering abuse and horrible injury, these pets bounced back thanks….. (ST 20060709)
- Shelters not the answer (Today, 20060518)
- Don’t let animals end up like Spot (Today, 20060509)
- My dog died and I was scolded (TNP, 20060504)
- Callous attitude of pet shop staff (Today, 20060428)
- Grooming session goes wrong and maltese puppy ends up castrated (ST 20060501)
- Raise awareness about responsibility in pet ownership (ST 20060426)
- Cat in Collar in danger of being culled/killed (Dawn’s blog, 20060425)
- I’m not a great fan of those pedigree cats…. (ST 20060423)
- Tough action needed to protect puppies and prevent negligence (ST 20060420)
- Stiffer penalties needed to rein in pet shops (ST 20060420)
- Virus kills 3 pups – pet shop fined (ST 20060417)
- Pet-assisted therapy for dementia patients gaining popularity in Singapore (ST 20060417)
- The suffering of an abandoned cat (20060416)
- Train strays as guide dogs, avoid culling them (Today 20060412)
- “put to sleep” – is this not killing? (Today 20060407)
- Over 1,000 rabbits ditched (Today 20060407)
- Don’t have pets unless you can care for them (TNP 20060329)
- Shop’s cages so small, dogs could hardly move (ST 20060302)
- OK to keep pet shark without a licence? (Today 20060223)
- Feedback on proposed new measures for managing the pet and stray dog populations (20060216)
- Tarantulas found abandoned (Today 20060207)
- Some dogs suffer (TNP 20060131)
- Animal lovers alarmed as dogs sales rise for Lunar New Year (CNA 20060126)
- The suffering of an abandoned cat (20060120)
- Dogs apparently need no help lifting the spirits of lonely senior citizens (20060118)
- Pets are not toys. Don’t turn hermit crabs into ornaments (ST 20060117)
Some info from 2005 and 2004
- Review animal re-homing rules (ST 20051219)
- A dog is a dog. Don’t look down on mongrels (ST 20051125)
- AVA to launch new deterrents to curb pet abandonment (CNA 20051126)
- Be fair to cats. We could live with a few meows (ST 20051125)
- Trade in your dog, upgrade to new one. What’s next? (ST 20051123)
- Neglected Arctic sled dog died of heatstroke (ST 20050825)
- Anti-animal abuse rules lack bite (Today 20050601)
- Taming the pet industry (Today 20050504)
- Harsh punishment for victims, a wrist slap for perpetrator? (Today 20050425)
- Pet shop sues dead dog’s owner over Net posting (TNP 20050108)
- Will someone love this blind pup? (TNP 20050125)
- 3 maggot-infested Shih Tzus feed on carcass of canine (update) (20041217)
- 100 dogs living in urine and filth (TNP 20041029)
- IN THREE years, the number of pet shops has more than doubled from 291 to 642 (TNP 20041017)
Please, please: DO NOT breed or buy while shelter animals DIE.
Project Kindness – “Just Kindness, from our souls to theirs” blog:
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
It’s not just about dogs. Neither is it just about cats.It is all about LIFE and life as it is meant to be – a GIFT to the living – and never just labelled as a number in the crowd, treated with a callous attitude as if the living, breathing, sentient being who responds with the same spectrum of emotions as you, is nothing but a commodity for selfish and perverted acts of cruelty and neglect, profit and exchange.Where LIFE is bred without a residue of emotional attachment. Pups and kittens churned out like donuts on a conveyor belt. The sheer repetitive and numerous production further hardening the senses of people who are unfit to be in the animal industry in the first place, for the very simple reason that they have not even grasped in their small minds the TRUE VALUE of LIFE.
How can he, whose heart feels nought in the presence of hungry and distressed cries and whimpers of need, in an environment not even of acceptable hygiene levels to boldly let your premises be seen … how can he, who looks at a new life with an eye trained on dollars and cents, who gives himself the power to snuff out newborn lives whom, in his ‘professional opinion’ will not make it on the markets, that no one would buy them for they are born deformed, disabled, weak. Who also decides when the breeding moms and dads have outlived their ‘use’ and then have you wondered whatever happens to them?Think and think hard again if you have the intention to buy a pup from one of our petshops. Make sure you know full well where the pup has been bred, who are the parents. Ask for pups who are microchipped, which is the least we can ask of, in an environment where honesty may be compromised for profit.
A microchip will offer certain levels of assurance:
– It will assure that the animal is indeed imported from such a country and such a reputable breeder, instead of being churned out from a pet farm of dubious origins.
– It will assure that ALL animals are properly accounted for. Take a minute now to imagine: how many dogs do you think are now being kept in breeding farms, behind doors closed to the public eye? How many do you think come and go? What happen to those who are no longer ‘useful’?
If we do not take up the efforts to properly identify each animal in the breeding trade, what are we exactly saying? Is it too much work? Does it cost too much? Is it not economically viable to want to know what happens to each life?
Is our non-action and tolerance proclaiming that the life of these breeding dogs are not worthy of such efforts? Why spend money on identifying them when they are just meant for breeding and it is their offsprings who bring in the money?
When have we crossed the line? Have our levels of acceptance risen so much in our developing years, that now, we quietly tolerate an industry where life is hidden behind closed doors? And we silently stand outside, hearing the cries, but not bothering or maybe not daring to lift a finger to help, nor even lifting a hand to query – hey, just what is happening behind those doors? And just where are the people who HAVE the authority to go behind those doors? Until the next unfortunate discovery gets splashed in the papers.
The very presence of closed doors implies there is something to conceal. Or does it?
You have a right to know the origins of the animal if you have an intention of purchase. If your queries are met with blank walls and avoidance, then do the animal trade here an uplifting favour – do not purchase from that shop, and make it a point to share your experience with people around so that, in time, the professional standards and more vitally, the HEART of people involved in our pet industry, will improve to acceptable levels.
It is through small, conscious acts on YOUR PART that will make positive difference and bring much relief to countless, faceless, nameless animals out there – who are now, at this moment, put through manmade processes – which are NEVER meant as part of their gift of life.
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