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Forbes Exposes Puppy Mills and Pet Stores

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I don’t know about everyone else, but when I first saw this article linked in a Facebook posting, my jaw dropped. Not because it was about puppy mills, or even that it was about the link between pet stores and puppy mills, but because both those subjects were being discussed in Forbes Magazine.

Forgive me, but when I usually think about Forbes it’s in relation to their lists of the richest men, richest women, most highly paid movie stars,etc. Not a story about the fact that pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Wow.

Of course, it was an interview with a CEO (in sticking with the Forbes readership), but who cares? This CEO just happened to leave his job for over a year to film a documentary about puppy mills (You have to love someone who would take time away from his job to bring attention to something so important even though he may never get paid for it… ever.).

Kudos to Andrew Nibley for taking time off to make the film, Madonna of the Mills, AND to Forbes and Allen St. John, for making the puppy mill problem and the pet store connection more public. I recommend you read it if you haven’t it’s quite good and very interesting.

Where *Not* to Buy a Dog: The Pet Store Connection to the Business of Puppy Mills

My thanks to Allen St. John for his comment below and for reminding me that he has other stories on this issue (he’s doing a series, so check them out if you can) and an upcoming one with Ian Dunabar (awesome!). I noticed one of the links was broken in his piece from above, so I’ve included it below. I think you will find them equally as interesting.

Westminster, “Show Dog,” and the Battle Over Purebred Puppies

How Much is that Doggie in the Window? The Surprising Economics of Purchasing a Purebred Puppy

I including this last little piece just because I loved it so much, especially the last paragraph. I totally agree with his sentiments. (Funny enough, we also raised chickens in my 5th grade class, from egg to chicken, and when it was time we took them home with us until my Aunt Sheila could take them home to live with her chickens. Funny coincidence huh?)

How Do You Turn a Chick into A Puppy? The True Story of Our Special-Needs Chicken

  1. February 28, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Fascinating! I just checked the article and it seems to be part of a series by a regular Forbes blogger, who talks from personal experience, and didn’t only focus on Madonna of the Mills because of the CEO link. His story on buying from a reputable breeder — as opposed to a backyard breeder or puppy mill (which he doesn’t really cover in depth) — has limitations but is interesting and definitely comes out on the side of paying extra for a good breeder. But the link to the first article in his series, which discusses his rescue dog as well as his good breeder dog, is broken.

  2. allen st john
    February 28, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Thanks for the kind words. I actually write about a variety of things for Forbes, from music and television to sports.

    This started with a casual post about my dogs around Westminster time, and the response was so great that I’ve made this into a series.

    Coming soon is an interview with legendary trainer Ian Dunbar.
    Here’s the link to that original story.


  3. Sam
    February 28, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Wow – our cause has hit the big time, hasn’t it? …and for the CEO who left his job? He has slid over to my “people I like” list…. 😀


  4. February 28, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    It’s great to see an article like this in such a popular magazine. We talk a lot about our struggles to reach people who aren’t involved with animal welfare and this Forbes article will definitely do that. If it can make one person change his mind about buying a puppy from a store, it’s done a pretty terrific job.
    I’ve heard of the documentary but still haven’t had a chance to see it. Hopefully one of these days HBO Canada will put it on. I’ll have my DVR ready!

  5. Jen
    February 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    What others have said…it’s great to see attention like this from Forbes. People who read Forbes who would otherwise not be all that “dog world savvy” are now having their eyes opened (hopefully)!

  6. February 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Hey, first I’d heard of this article. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  7. February 28, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I think with so many people now sharing their lives with pets, it’s not surprising to see them being discussed more in mainstream media. We looked for over a year to find a reputable breeder before we ended up with Kuster. I think it speaks volumes that she’s so proud of him and his accomplishments still! She didn’t tune out when we drove out of the driveway with a howling puppy in our van. And she knows what’s up with every puppy who’s left her home! Whether puppy mills will be entirely shut down remains to be seen, but I think it will get harder and harder for them to exist.

    • Mel
      February 28, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      I think it says a lot about your breeder that she is so proud of what he has done already. She must love reading your blog and seeing him grow. How cool for her.
      I think for so long puppy mills were that dark little secret that the mainstream media didn’t want to touch too much because it wasn’t cool to talk about sad stories that oe from it, but more and more I am seeing the media tackle this issue in a variety of ways. It is indeed encouraging. Of course, in this case, Allen St John has every reason to want to educate people about this issue. In that purpose, I think we are united.

  8. February 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    So it really is true. Puppy Mills are bad capitalism! Glad to see it confirmed by Forbes.

    Thanks for sharing this article.

    • Mel
      February 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      It is true Pamela! It’s bad for consumers too!

      You know what got me? “The Hunt Coporation had 88,000 dogs they had transported, and say they’re $2,000 apiece, that’s $176,000,000. It’s a big, big business.” No wonder Petland fights so hard to stay in the business of selling puppies.

  9. February 29, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Thanks for the kind words. But I left my job as a CEO because my wife wanted to make the movie. She’s the one who really loves dogs. I’m the one who really loves her.

    • Mel
      February 29, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      Andy-Thank you to both you and your wife! I saw Madonna of the Mills on HBO and many of the dogs reminded me of my dog Daisy. I’m glad you took the time off to do the film. I’ve been promoting it since I first heard about it.

  10. February 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Wow, things like this give me hope 🙂 Thanks for sharing Mel!

    • Mel
      February 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      You are very welcome Julie.

  11. barbara
    February 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM
    • Mel
      February 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Another good link. Thanks Barbara. Happy to share this one.

  12. February 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Yes, thanks so much for posting this and helping us all keep up. The BAD news tends to drowned out the good.

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