Most of us are aware of the horrible dog auctions held in Ohio. Spent breeding stock, many needing medical care, not even to mention emotional care. Poor dogs with broken spirits. So, in ride the good guys, those wanting to stop these auctions - the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions. This Coalition managed to gather over 150,000 signatures on their petition when only 115,000 were required. Now the signatures have to be verified and if all checks out, legislation has to be introduced within 4 months. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/ohio-dog-auctions-distrubtion-channel-puppy-mill-cruelty
Sounds good, huh? Sounds like the citizens of Ohio are in favor of banning these auctions, huh? Who wouldn't be in favor of something like this? Ask and ye shall receive.
BEST F(R)IENDS DOESN'T SOUND LIKE THEY WANT TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. Read more below.
On the Best F(r)iends Network, December 23, 2011, there is a piece about this legislation and this Coalition. Of course, you would expect to see something like this on BF's site, it is news in the humane world. What you don't expect to see is this disclaimer:
**Best Friends Animal Society has not taken a position of support or opposition to this piece of legislation.
**Best Friends supports legislation that promotes humane standards for commercial breeders of companion animals. Specifically, we support quality standards that incorporate strict guidelines to ensure that animals’ physical and mental health thrive. This includes capping the number of dogs in each facility. Periodic oversight by a state or local agency and notable penalties that seriously deters recidivism is important. We also support statutes that prohibit entities that are not in compliance with existing laws and regulations from operating a pet-for profit business.
I ask you how does that read to you? It reads to me that Best F(r)iends is in bed with breeders, "commercial breeders" at that. Puppy mills are commercial breeders. I don't know about you but it would be a cold day in hell before Best Fiends gets my donation dollar.