Animal cruelty prevails
TO THE EDITORS:
In April, 1866, Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
In the 147 years since then, as witnessed through the reality of puppy mills, chained dogs and backyard breeders, we have only managed to dispense humane treatment of animals with an eyedropper.
Laws protecting animals have not evolved or progressed in any meaningful way. We still allow all manner of cruelty and abuse of animals.
The permitting of cruelty to animals will not result in world peace, the end of global warming or anything else. This evil has no greater good attached to it that warrants allowing it to continue.
The law should be lenient with the hapless, defenseless dogs rather than being so lenient and lax with the puppy mill owners or people who tie out their dogs all the time and backyard breeders who operate without licenses or inspections.
The Pennsylvania Legislature will provide no greater good to the community or the world either by allowing this cruelty to continue.
Legislators will not lose their jobs, pensions, health benefits or their homes by stopping animal cruelty. It is no skin off their noses. There is no downside to legislating and enforcing true humane treatment of animals, real, protective laws that guarantee kindness to animals.
Kennel owners should be required to take a course in the humane treatment of animals before they are given a kennel license, to learn what is good for the animal, not their pocketbook.
They are no longer doing anything like they "always'' did, except being cruel and inhumane to dogs. The argument that these breeders "don't know better'' and "always treated their animals that way (cruelly)'' is an antiquated excuse that cannot be believed considering they have their own websites and cellphones.
They know what they are doing is wrong. Why else would they hide behind Internet sales and middlemen to sell their dogs?
Ann L. Carter
East Hempfield Township