Just the other day I came across an article where a load of pure bred, underage puppies was intercepted from an overseas flight (JFK I think). Similar has happened in other airports with Miami being listed as a recent interception. Turns out these are puppies from Puppy Mills over seas. The mills are (from description) largely unregulated and the practice is illegal. These black market puppies are sold State side with large price tags.. with French Bulldogs being quoted as selling to (apparently wealthy) city dwellers for anywhere from $10,000 to $14,000 each. Some of the puppies were still nursing, and needed to be bottle fed because they were too young for solid food. Eventually, when deemed healthy, the puppies will be returned to their country of origin (no I do not know the process). Black market puppies... and the latest was a shipment of pregnant just about ready to whelp bitches (pure bred).
Most of the people regularly posting here are seeking information and want to learn about dogs. I see articles on line and on social media that give advice on how to find a good breeder for a good dog. YET.. this market for dogs sold for exorbitant prices to unsuspecting people continues to exist and, from what I have seem reported, is actually growing. Where are those of use who care failing to get information out to the buyers so this stops? How can we do a better job? Does a black market such as this indicate that all the Animal rights agenda against breeding any dogs has put such a strain on supply that the demand can only be met in this manner?
In another story there were dogs "rescued" from "meat dog" supplier in North Korea and one (or more) dogs came in with a strain of disease not endemic to the US putting domestic dogs at serious risk for extreme illness. The Meat Dog dealers have discovered that they can sell their dogs to "rescues" for more than they can for meat so you can see where this is going.
And yet another story a Chihuahua came in that had rabies and bit a couple of people (this story is a bit older and most have heard it). Since then a second rabid dog has come in from another Foreign rescue situation.
In these cases pictures of animals in horrid conditions in foreign countries have pulled people or groups of people in. These animals can bring in disease, can have falsified records (this was the case of the rabid dogs) and can seriously impact the resident dog population that has no immunity to these foreign (often endemic) diseases). Again, how can those of use who care reach the end user.. the one who adopts the animal? I am sure those exposed to the rabid dogs will not do this again.. the rabies post exposure shots are not pleasant and rabies is deadly once it is symptomatic.
Another article I read said that we euthanize over a half million dogs a year in the US.. yet we import a million dogs... and it was implied these are rescue dogs. I did not find that source so those figures may not be accurate.
Last, and certainly not least, if you read through the posts on this forum you see things like questions about my designer breed "Puggle" "Yorkie-poo" "You-Name-the-breed Doodle" etc. Certainly the information has been out there for a long time that tells the story behind designer dogs and the lack of good breeding stock and consistent type (both physical type and temperament). Yet that market continues to grow. How are we failing to get the information out to the buyers?
I have read over and over that education is answer and I think it can be. In spite of everyone being connected through internet and social media it just seems that the message is not getting out... How are we failing?