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  1. Wendy P

    Hmm. I read the article you referenced, and it sounds to me like animal activists are targeting kennels, and not just the Amish. It also sounds like the town council is being quite arbitrary in their enforcement of the rather vague rules.

    As for treating dogs like livestock, I personally don’t have a problem with that – since livestock as well as pets should be treated humanely. But then, who decides what humane is?

  2. Kevin

    Wendy, you make a good point and I need to be careful about my wording when I describe Amish attitudes towards dogs: I agree with you that livestock should be treated just as well and humanely as pets. So maybe I should say there is a cultural undercurrent among some Amish that just doesn’t value animals as anything more than a commodity…that’s a shame, and terrible…but I wouldn’t say that view extends to all Amish. It’s a problem found in pockets…..areas where traditions have evolved differently.


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