Don’t be a part of the puppy mill problem
To the Editor:
I am appalled, disgusted and saddened that my hometown, Jenkintown, has a Pets Plus store that will be selling puppies and dogs. Whoever approved this store must be living in a cave. Aren’t you aware that we are so close to the puppy mill factory of the world in Lancaster, as well as the puppy mills in the South?
Almost all puppies sold in a pet store are from puppy mills, and now Jenkintown Borough is going to support puppy mills.
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Don’t be fooled when the sales person tells you that the puppy is a “purebred,” and it comes with “papers.” You may be paying more for a puppy mill puppy than what a real responsible breeder may even sell you. You need to know the genetics, structure and temperament of the parents. Responsible and respectable breeders do not sell their puppies to pet stores!
There are hundreds of puppies and dogs that need to be adopted. Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue is a respectable rescue group if you are looking for a golden retriever. There are also a nuPEHU RI VSHFLfiF EUHHG rescues too. Let’s not forget about the SPCA which also has puppies and dogs that need homes.
In June of 2013, the SPCA launched a new program called “No Pet Store Puppies” on its website. Pet store salespeople will tell you that the puppy is from a USDAlicensed breeder. Go to the SPCA NoPetStorePuppies. com and see for yourself what USDA-licensed really means. Let the buyer beware if you are buying a pet store puppy.
I am asking my fellow Jenkintownians and others to say “no” to this store. Please do not even buy food or other items because you will then be supporting puppy mills.
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To the Editor:
Video surveillance causes concern
At the recent Abington Board of Commissioners meeting, $10,000 was approved for the library’s video surveillance. Besides the fact that budget talks are just around the corner and that this should have come from a regularly approved budget — rather than from the contingency fund, which will KDYH WKH HIIHFW RI LnflDWLnJ the library’s already more than over generous budget — there are other issues.
It is not entirely clear, for instance, who exactly will run the surveillance, whether it might be sent “remote” (where it could be intercepted), and what exactly is and LVn’W DEOH WR EH fiOPHG, HWF. ,I we think our interests are being safeguarded, we should probably think again. For example, a thousand cars were stopped recently for no reason, there has been tapping and archiving of phone calls DnG SRVW RIfiFH VuUYHLOODnFH that allows for records of who you’re in contact with. In addition, there’s phone company and Internet metadata, red light cameras, smart meters, RFID devices in trash cans and surveillance that comes from using computer mics as a listening devices.
Where are the laws that provide for our protection? Oops — they’re nearly nonexistent because they are being made by the 1 percent that we hear so much about. This month New York City is actually exposing its residents to toxic gasses under the guise of needing to study the pattern of gas dispersion “in case of” terrorist attack. I think it is pretty clear that tons of data on gas dispersion exists without the need for such a measure, but who will stop them? Not us, apparently. Lora Lehmann