8-year-old understands the puppy mill issue – why is it that some elected officials can’t get there?
From the mouth of babes to government – if only sometimes it could work that way. In some cases, a child can understand a topic better than some adults, for kids are not tainted by greed.
An Ohio 8-year-old is on a mission to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, according to a story posted Friday on NBC4i.com. Aurora Golden-Appleton was speaking to a auditorium full of her elementary-school peers and passed out refrigerator magnets she designed, with the slogan – “Pets are not products.”
She is quoted as saying, “It is very sad and heartbreaking that we just think about puppy mills, but the puppies have to experience it.”
When I saw there were seven comments posted under the story, I thought ‘great, all them most be positive.’ I was wrong.
One individual posted a long bit of misinformation and really didn’t even understand what they were typing. And one other person agreed with them, because they don’t get it.
First, they wrote – “” It’s a shame that this child does not know the entire story. Puppy Mill has no real definition. “”
Then, they countered their own point with a definition of a puppy mill – “” There are commercial kennels, and they either operate within standards of care or they operate with substandards. “”
And later – “” And these good breeders are being forced out of their hobby breeding by overreaching laws and restrictions that make it impossible to breed dogs. “”
No – see that’s the substandard breeders that are forced out of business because they don’t meet the standards. Talk about not understanding an issue. Aurora gets it. The 8-year-old did her research to uncover the facts, the adult who commented did not.
If we could get more elected officials to understand this issue – beyond listing to the misinformation put forth by some in the breeding industry – then we could take a big bite of the puppy mill problem. Liston to Aurora.