Bugged Out January 2020

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As mentioned in an earlier post, Brewer had introduced a bed bug related resolution in 2004 into the Council’s Health Committee (the reason it died in committee is unclear). Therefore, I’m guessing that this new legislation will also be sent to the Health Committee. Now the committee has to approve this legislation before it can be passed on to the full Council for vote, so it’s very important that the committee approves the bed bug legislation or it will never be approved into law. Here is a list of the Councilmembers who currently sit on the Health Committee and what part of New York City they represent. You can have some influence on these committee members vote on the bed bug legislation by visiting the City Council web site and e-mailing as many Councilmembers as you’d like and politely urging them to support the bed bug legislation. You can have even more influence on a committee member if you live in the part of New York City that they represent.

That means that member represents you, and he or she will pay more attention to what you have to say then someone who doesn’t live in their Council district. At the Council web site clicking on “Constituent Center” will allow you to enter your home address and find out which Councilmember represents you. Tell them how this legislation will help you, tell them how much your life has been impacted because of bed bugs. Please, do not include any threats or profanity in your message. Do not ramble on, do not get too personal (translation: graphic) when describing your bed bug experience, and keep the subject towards the bed bug legislation. And as always, spell-check is highly recommended. The Health Committee is scheduled to meet February 15, so I’m guessing Brewer will have introduced the legislation by then. Let’s make sure the members walk into that meeting with your concerns in mind.

First off, I want everyone to know I do not believe all Amish are terrible to their animals. People need to know, though, that this is one of the ways Amish and Mennonites make money. Our world sees many people who are cruel to animals and children from all walks of life. This story happens to be about Amish puppy mills. I was watching a TV show one day about a group who was saving puppies from a puppy mill. It was shocking to see that it was an Amish mill. They could not close the mill down, so they had to buy them all as the only way to save the poor puppies and dogs. It was the saddest thing I have ever seen. To this Amish farmer, the dogs were just items to make him money. They had no feelings; their life meant nothing to him. No licenses were needed for these ugly little Amish puppy mills.

There were mother dogs with litters of puppies. You could tell the dogs had been over-bred and were in bad shape. Hair matted, eyes running. Just the sad look they gave to the camera showed they go through so much pain and suffering. There is often inbreeding. Many of these puppies are sold to pet stores. When puppies don’t sell and get older, what happens to them? We can only guess what they do with the older dogs. If they’re females they are likely kept for breeding but if they’re male what do they do with them? Your guess is as good as mine. They can’t keep all the dogs for breeding. The puppies are kept in wire cages with wire under their feet all the time. What must this feel like to them? We know what it would feel like to us. If they’re lucky they will be inside the big pretty red barn and never get to see the light of day.

If they are unlucky, they will be kept outside in the cruel Wisconsin winter. This is just not going on in Wisconsin; it is a problem in all states. I don’t know how we can stop puppy mills, because if you try to stop them they will go underground and we would never know what is happening to the puppies. Clark County in central Wisconsin is one of the worst counties for puppy mills. An Amish community settled in 1975, and there are many other Amish dotted across the state. I’m sure not all Amish sell puppies and not all puppy mills belong to Amish. The problem I have with the Amish is that they are people of faith, but they think it’s okay to mistreat an animal. I saw article telling the story about how the Amish make their money, and there was not one mention of puppy mills. The Amish don’t make their money only from quilts, bread, and the canned foods or whatever else they sell.

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