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Bob Baker segment - from The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
The Marty O Show was honored to have renowned Puppy Mill expert Bob Baker as a guest this week to bring awareness to Puppy Mills and the cruel treatment to these animals. Bob Baker has been championing laws and legislation with the government and media in investigating the horrific conditions of Puppy Mills via the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.
Currently he will be attending as a celebrity judge for the contest portion of Walk With The Pack event on September 13th 2014 at Meet at 11am in Greenwich Village where Ninth Ave and Gansevoort St converge. Walk starts 12pm. Contest (with celebrity judges and terrific prizes!) begins 1:30pm. The PACK event will include guest appearances from Annemarie Lucas of Animal Planet’s “Animal Precinct,” renowned puppy mill expert Bob Baker, Main Line Animal Rescue’s Bill Smith, Laura Flynn-Amato from HBO’s documentary “Madonna of the Mills,” and singer/songwriter Danny Nova. Admission: FREE.
I talk politics, but from time to time it is so refreshing to be educated by an expert on an area I knew, well, not so much of. I was astounded by the wealth of knowledge of Mr. Baker and how he has been working on behalf of our four legged friends. His investigations, and pushing for legislation to close these horrible places is proving much success, but still so much work to be done.
According to the Department of Agriculture there are about 10 thousand Puppy Mills in America, and we also import from other countries. Mr. Baker was quick to point out it is all about money. Just one country in Ohio that has over 500 Puppy Mills annually pulls in 9 million dollars... and that is just one country in America!
His sharing of a story of his visit to one Puppy Mill, along with a reporter as potential buyer sums up why each state needs to pass laws to end this horrible business. He was taken to a dog (Greyhound) on the brink of death by starvation. No water, No food, in a small cage. When Mr. Baker asked where was the food and water the reply he received was shocking: "Why would I do that? I am losing money with Greyhounds".
Adoption centers and rescue animals is the way to go, and many pet stores are beginning to abandon dealing with Puppy Mills and the diseases and behavioral problems associated with them. Instead they deal with these adoption centers and people seem to prefer them and their business still thrive.
Many cities have passed legislation banning Puppy Mills, such as Chicago and Los Angeles, but many have not. However, with events like "Walk With The Pack" as mentioned above people are catching on in large numbers across this great country. The event is organized by Jacki Flanigan who has organized several of these events and this will be New Yorks first. If in the area, do attend and bring your dogs too, to walk a mile to show your support for the cause.
Yes, I love Politics, but there is more to life than just that, Specially something as important as the welfare of animals and the humane treatment they deserve. If you do listen to this podcast I am sure you will enjoy Mr. Baker and God bless the work he does and all associated with him.
For more information visit www.walkwiththepack.org.For more information of The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation http://www.maal.org/