And while it's hard to keep tabs on the conditions of USDA-licensed facilities, it's unthinkable how bad life is for kittens and cats in backyard breeding operations. No one knows for sure how many unlicensed kitten factories might be in operation in the U.S.
Like with puppy mills, the sad truth about kitten factories is that the only way they'll ever totally disappear is if people stop buying pets.
The cats who survived the kitten factory bust in Australia have, thankfully, all found homes.
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