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"Dog By Dog" is a documentary that will shake the foundations of the commercial puppy breeding industry worldwide. It looks at an industry that makes vast sums of money off the backs of dogs, literally. Although the film is focused on the United States puppy mill business, the issues it exposes, the agencies that it shows maintaining a system where dogs suffer for years, are common to many countries around the world. The specific agencies involved may differ, but the status quo of commercially driven suffering they keep in place is the same in the UK, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. The film is scheduled for worldwide release later this year, and is gaining huge international interest already precisely because the commercial puppy breeding business is a global concern for many.
(Photo: 5414 Productions)The film does what other films have not yet done: it follows the money; it reveals those in power who are responsible for maintaining a system where parent dogs can be confined in tiny spaces, in isolation, with minimal human contact and care, their entire lives. It identifies the web of connections between legislators and corporate interests that enable an ugly industry to continue undisturbed, while puppy buyers remain ignorant of the true source of their companions. The same networks exist around the world with different names. Just as in the US, in the UK and Australia, puppy mills, (commonly called farms) are a profitable business for many who care nothing about dogs, but a lot about the money that can be made from them. In Europe, puppies are bred in large scale breeding places in horrible conditions, to be shipped across the continent, to the UK and sold in shops and online. "Dog By Dog" shows the same occurring in the US; the highly profitable business of puppies being bred in mills and transported across the US to retail outlets thousands of miles away.
(Photo: 5414 Productions)It is a shameful example of the inhumanity inflicted on dogs so that huge sums of money can be made. And it is a business that has nothing to do with a love of dogs and benign wish to breed man's best friend for companionship. It is all about the dogs being "cash crops." Crops that are produced the most profitable way possible, which means minimal care and expense resulting in maximum monetary gain for those involved. The puppies are the product of an industry based on agricultural principles. The pet dogs — the beloved companions puppy buyers believe are produced by those who love dogs just as they do — represent nothing more than cash in the bank for those profiteering from the business. The most irresponsible and greedy breeders thrive in the system, whether it is in the US, the UK or any other country where puppy breeding is endorsed as a valid agricultural business, with accompanying legislation that supports this.
(Photo: 5414 Productions)
What the film will enable is a new understanding. That we, as individuals and members of a global society that purports to value our companions can and must change the system. A system which sees puppies as "products" or crops is not one that viewers of this film will allow to continue, it is hoped. When the networks of power are seen, with the money that accompanies the abuse, it is likely that the current acceptance of the system will crumble and better lives for all dogs, our pets, will result. The documentary certainly has all the potential to bring this about.