Puppy mills are just plain evil. They exploit and abuse dogs for profit. They simply should not exist. Yes, you should be able to raise dogs and sell them, but certainly not abuse them in the process. And when you consider the number of times puppy mills end up being raided and closed down and dozens of dogs put into the system they create serious externalities. Thus, it only makes sense that they be properly regulated. Even the Republicans in the NC House see this. The NC Senate? Not so much. From WRAL:
RALEIGH, N.C. — A proposal to regulate large commercial dog breeders appears to be dead for the year, doomed once again by opposition from state Senate leaders.
The House passed legislation in 2013 that would require large breeding operations, or “puppy mills,” to meet basic standards of animal welfare, sanitation and humane treatment. The Senate refused…
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