Written by Jeff Mackey
If your dogs' tails are wagging a little more today, maybe
they've heard the news that Ireland
has cracked down on puppy mills!
(Note to U.S. legislators: What's the holdup?)
The new Irish laws took effect on New Year's Day, outlawing
the horrific conditions—including
cramped enclosures, filth, malnutrition, exposure, disease, and a lack
of socialization and veterinary care—common to those nasty intensive dog-breeding operations.
All puppies must be microchipped
so that the breeder can be identified, and authorities can inspect and shut
down any facility that fails to meet the standards set by the new
So if you see people sporting a "Kiss Me—I'm Irish" button on
St. Patrick's Day, feel free to take them up on it. But a much better way to
pay tribute to the kind folks of the Emerald Isle is by speaking out against
cruel and irresponsible breeding
and the pet trade
in your own corner of the world.
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