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How a Pet Store Trip Can Teach Your Kids About Cruelty

December 3, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Emilio Cogliani

Originally posted at ASPCA Parents

As a kid, I grew up with a string of great dogs: a loyal German Short-Haired Pointer, a handsome and majestic Collie and an incredibly smart black Standard Poodle. I never thought twice about where they came from, or why that might even be important.

I’ve since taken that second thought, and now my eyes are open to the tragedy of puppy mills, including how pet stores that sell animals support these deplorable practices.

When I started talking about animal welfare issues with my own 15-year-old son Evan and his twin 12-year-old sisters Mylie and Josie, they processed it as if we were talking about astronomy. To them, the points were mostly distant and theoretical.

Even when we visited animal shelters or spent time with PetSmart’s sweet temporary tenants, the origins of these dogs and cats never really intrigued them — as if all…

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