Puppy Mills (小狗製造廠)

 

Puppy Mills

  • Puppy Mills, called Puppy Farms in some countries, might be better termed “puppy factories”.
  • These are terms to refer to places where many female dogs are kept breeding to produce lots of pups for the pet trade.
  • The dogs of all ages are kept in poor conditions, often unsanitary, small cages or enclosures, with inadequate attention to health and welfare, with the purpose of churning out lots of puppies, usually supposedly pedigree, to minimize expenses and maximize profit by selling them as pets.
  • Infectious diseases from inadequate veterinary care and vaccination and health programmes, as well as inherited diseases and deformities from inbreeding and other causes, are all too common in this business.
  • The inbreeding and the poor start to life can also increase behavioural problems, including more aggressive tendencies.
  • Often these pups have not learned toilet training from their mothers, which is the best way to learn, because they and their mothers did not have doggy toilets etc. to use at the puppy mill.
  • Outlets may be direct sale via internet adverts or other ways, or sellers disguised as animal lovers claiming to have a pet bitch at home who had pups, or via pet shops, for example.
  • Puppy mills are found in many countries.
  • The sale of cute little puppies from such sources leads to impulse buying by people who have not put in the time and effort to learn about dogs and about keeping animals.
  • They just see a cute little puppy. Then it grows bigger if it survives the early months and becomes harder to handle and they wonder what they got.
  • The size of veterinary bills, the cost of feeding, toilet training, and so on are now discovered and not appreciated.
  • Results include abandonment and disposal of unwanted dogs.
  • Or the pups may have fatal diseases such as distemper or parvovirus disease, resulting in early death.

So —

  • Think carefully before buying a pet
  • Learn and understand about keeping animals first
  • Acquire your pet from trustworthy sources
  • Really consider adopting from an animal rescue shelter
  • They should be have a full vaccination and health programme before you get them
  • Have them checked and followed up by your vet immediately
  • Commit to good animal care, disease prevention, health programme and balanced diet
  • Comply with local laws about keeping animals

Be a —

  • Responsible Animal Carer
  • Responsible Pet Owner

小狗製造廠

  • 「小狗製造廠」,在一些國家叫「小狗農場」,更貼切的可能應稱為「小狗工廠」。
  • 這些術語、措辭是指許多地方保存很多母狗用意是大量生產繁殖小狗以作寵物貿易之用。
  • 各年齡的狗兒們被關在惡劣的環境下,往往不衛生,小鐵籠或被圍欄封着,與不夠重視和不適當的態度看待狗兒們的健康和生命福利,其目的只是為了粗製濫造大量的小狗。現在更有些名稱,所謂「系譜」,其實多數是藉口,目的是以出售小狗們作為寵物時盡量減少開支和取得最大的利潤。
  • 沒有足夠的獸醫護理、疫苗接種和保健方案,傳染病很自然地亦會滋生起來。以及遺傳性疾病和畸形的近親繁殖等原因下,以上的都是在這種業務上經常出現並很普及的問題或通病。
  • 近親繁殖和不幸生命的開始亦增加了動物行為問題的出現,包括好鬥的傾向等。
  • 通常,這些小狗沒有從母親身上學如廁的訓練,從母親身上學習是最好的學習方法。可惜,因為在「小狗製造廠」,小狗和小狗的母親並沒有狗兒廁所等,小狗兒們又怎麼能學習呢。
  • 銷售點可有很多,例如,可直接通過互聯網廣告或其他方式,或賣家裝扮成動物愛好者自稱在家裡有寵物母狗生了小狗,或通過寵物店等。
  • 「小狗製造廠」在許多國家都有被發現。
  • 從這些來源出售可愛的小狗導致衝動購買的人可能沒有落實的時間和精力去了解有關動物飼養但希望擁有這些可愛的小狗。
  • 購買者看見的可能只是到一頭可愛的小狗。當小狗如果能在最初幾個月生存和逐漸成長和體形開始變大,變得比從前較難處理,購買者可能會覺得他們為什麼會把狗兒買回來呢。
  • 獸醫大小的賬單,成本餵養,大小便訓練等,飼養者可能會發現了飼養寵物的一些事實但卻並不讚賞。
  • 結果可能會是包括遺棄和處置不想要的狗兒。
  • 或者,小狗可能有致命的疾病,如犬瘟熱或細小病毒病,導致早期死亡。

所以 —

  • 仔細想清楚才購買寵物
  • 首先學習和了解怎樣飼養動物
  • 從可靠來源獲取您的寵物
  • 可認真考慮從動物收容所收養動物
  • 在您領取動物前,動物應該已有充分的疫苗接種和保健方案
  • 在您領取動物後,請立即帶動物到獸醫處檢查和跟進
  • 承諾好好的照顧動物,預防疾病,保健方案和均衡飲食
  • 遵守當地法律地去飼養動物

當一位 —

  • 負責任的動物照顧人
  • 負責任的寵物主人

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