Posted in: Uncategorized. Born of conservative Anabaptist roots, The Amish are known for simplicity, pacifism and integrity in the face of persecution. Their Christlike forgiveness, extended even to those who murder their children 1are widely publicized and lauded. Embodying a nostalgic type of serenity, how can one not be inspired by a life so antithetical to our increasingly vapid preoccupations and existential crises?
But daydreams are not reality, and utopias are a fantasy—especially for the animals.
Hot horses and Amish animal cruelty
Imagine a life without sunlight behind the bars that confine you. Your eyes are so thickened with pus from untreated infection that you can only strain to see out from them.
You have wounds, pain, and unquenched needs that have never been met. Maybe your teeth have rotted and your fur has thinned from self-injury and starvation. Your compatriots are surrounded by parasitic insects, and the unquenchable itching says maybe you are, too. The moody bipedal creatures run, wrestle, and somersault through the soft grasses for which you can only yearn in mourning.
It is so unbelievably miserable that you start pacing, or contorting yourself around and over again in lieu of enough room to do much else. Your yelps of unquenched thirst and desperation are met with nothing, but you keep trying anyway. Or maybe you are not even heard at all, because you voice was silenced by painful instruments in a surgical procedure you cannot comprehend 2.
This is your life for what seems like eons, interspersed with painful pregnancies and babies for whom you cannot mother, yielding more painful infections, like mastitis in your breasts.
But, honestly? And finally, one of those strange-yet-alluring bipeds come to take you somewhere. You have never been anywhere but here! You are overtaken by a mixture of fear and unprecedented excitement!
You bark soundlessly in celebration! After your arduous trip you arrive in a dingy, foreboding building of unfamiliar sounds and overlapping voices, thunderous and unbearable.
You shake, almost numb, overtaken by terror. One of the bipeds puts his hand in your cage, whisks you out, and holds you up high in the air. More noise erupts at a deafening force. Before you know it, you are back in the cage.
Someone picks it up, you are moving, but where will you go? This brief narrative provides an outline of practices in puppy mills throughout the country. In particular we examine the standards found in those run by our Amish neighbors, many right here in. South Central Pennsylvania. Puppy mills house dogs and puppies in extremely unnatural conditions, depriving them of exercise, sunlight, necessary nutrition, and even basic grooming. Their paws are injured on wire cages.
Females are forced into continuous pregnancy until their bodies can no longer support it, at which point they are typically killed. Pet stores are their usual destination, either during auctions or directly from the breeder, where they are bought by usually well-meaning but naive families who do not know the genetic defects and behavioral problems likely to emerge from their abusive origins.While they have frequent contact with other Americans, they live in tight Amish communities.
They favor the group over the individual and taking care of themselves rather than relying on any type of government assistance. Their views on animals are sometimes at odds with those of other--especially more urban -- Americans. The Amish believe God wants humans to live in harmony with the natural world and to be good stewards of plants and animals, as instructed by the Bible.
While Amish people may grow fond of their animals, they are usually workers rather than pets. Horses haul buggies, cats control rodent populations, cows produce milk and beef and dogs work on the farm and help hunt. They share this attitude with many other rural non-Amish Americans. The Bible is the main holy book used by the Amish.
Since the Bible contains many admonitions to treat animals well, such as Proverbs"A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast," the Amish believe in treating their animals humanely.
They are also pacificists who are opposed to violence. But the Amish avoid the use of technology, so they rely on animals for transportation and other functions around the farm more than many other Americans do as of These involve horses being overworked or left in extreme heat with no shelter. Many businesses in Amish areas provide horse shelters to protect the animals from heat. But Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has been called the puppy mill capital of the world, and the Amish dominate the trade in that area.
While dogs in mainstream America have been elevated to a status much higher than other domestic animals, such as pigs and goats, their status is less inflated among the Amish. Some modern aspects of farming clash with Amish beliefs. InAmish farmers in Michigan refused to comply with a state Department of Agriculture mandate to tag cattle with electronic chips.
Agricultural officials sought to protect public health by tracking animal diseases. But to Amish farmers, electronic chips conjured stories of the mark of the beast from the Book of Revelation. The Amish have also butted heads with the US government over excessive amounts of cow manure from Amish farms polluting the Chesapeake Bay.
Since the Amish rely heavily on cows, Lancaster County generates more than 61 million pounds of manure annually, far more than any other Pennsylvania county. Teresa Bergen writes about fitness, health, yoga, travel and the arts. She is the author of "Vegetarian Asia Travel Guide" and has written hundreds of articles for publications online and off. Bergen also teaches yoga, spinning and group fitness classes, and is an ACE-certified personal trainer.Friday, November 12, The Devil's Playground.
Being brought up in an Amish lifestyle includes no electricity, no musical instruments, and no access into the "Devil's Playground. Amish culture forbids any knowledge of modern culture. Since education in Amish culture is intentionally stopped at 8th grade, one has no real ability to leave the culture. This lack of education leaves the average Amish person with little opportunities to support themselves in a life other than farming in Amish community.
But how much choice are they given when they only posses an 8th grade level education at the age of 16? What kind of jobs can they acquire as an uneducated minor in the modern society? This choice to stay in modern society is a one-time choice, meaning that they cannot decide to come back later if they so desire.
Choosing to stay in modern American culture also entails that a person will not be in communication with their family ever again. So as it may seem a "fair" ultimatum to the average person, how "fair" opportunity is it? With little education, money, family, support, or real job experience, I'd say not as fair as one would think. Tuesday, November 9, Amish Exemption. Regular activities like using electricity is rejected by Amish culture, however, they thrive off our economy by selling us their Amish-made products.
Many people believe that the Amish are exempt from paying taxes, however, they are not. They are exempt from the "Social Security Act. They are also exempt from medicare. The Amish believe in a separation between church and state and that they should be able to take care of their own.
Many problems arise when this complete separation and power is given to a culture within a nation. How can a society not become corrupt when there are no regulations from the federal government? The perception of a peaceful, loving, non-corrupt and non-harming community allows them to commit such atrocities of sexual abuse, animal abuse, and ignoring some federal laws without much attention.
It can be Argued that allowing such independence can lead to corruption in society. Most people do not see the Amish community as a threat. However, any independent society should not be trusted. Thursday, September 30, Secret Amish Abuse.
Tuesday, September 7, Amish Puppy Mills. Subscribe to: Posts Atom.You hear a lot of stories of Amish treating horses poorly. These cases bring out strong reactions to the Amish as a whole if you can stomach pure bigotry, check the Facebook comments on this story. Well, I am sure some Amish do.
But whenever someone starts to unload on the Amish for being animal abusers, I stop and ponder a second. First, if you treat a horse badly and it dies, you have no horse. In other words, when horses are such an important part of your life, mistreating them seems kind of stupid.
Kind of like never changing the oil or rotating the tires. Amish are economically practical people. It seems more economically practical to put a little care into what you own, but what do I know.
Second, yes, Amish own horses mainly for practical purposes. The relationship is a little different. A greater distance, perhaps—more typical of farmers and folks of a rural background. A farmer friend speaks warmly of Randy, a work mule who obviously enjoys being petted unlike his buddies. So you see what I just did there. Just like people with horse horror stories, I can share warm examples of Amish and animals getting along just dandy.
Do we see more cases of abuse among Amish though? Or maybe—do we just notice them more since, a the Amish get more attention in general, and b they are among the few peoples whose day-to-day lives are still closely tied to animals? All questions to ponder though.
Really, I am almost embarrassed for some of these people. Animal cruelty is terrible, and I can understand people getting mad about that. The internet is forever, guys.Not much is really known about the Amish. Other than the fact that they immigrated to the United States from Switzerland and are reluctant to adapt to modern technology, they seem more like a secret society than anything else.
But as it turns out, there is way more to this sect than refusing electricity and automobiles. In fact, some things about the Amish are just downright scary. Here are the dark secrets we uncovered. Some of the cliches associated with the Amish community are true. They drive horse-drawn buggies instead of cars and are staunchly religious. More on that a little later. However, these things are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this particular group of people.
They are a very exclusive community. Though it is possible for an outsider to adopt the ways and choose to live an Amish lifestyle, very seldom does this group take in newcomers.
The Dark Side of the Amish: What You Don't Know
Because the Amish have spawned from a much smaller group of people, inbreeding and incest are a problem. We will touch on that much more in just a bit. This keeps the group even more inclusive. Their farming methods have been passed down from generations before. The Amish are known as a farming people. Pollution is a huge problem because of outdated farming practices tainting the water. Erosion and human waste from outhouses adds to the pollution problem.
To make matters worse, many Amish communities refuse to take federal grants to help improve their environmental state. Modest graves are dug by hand. Especially since they continue the ritual of digging graves by hand. One of the most well-known trademarks of the Amish is that the women have their hair tucked up on bonnets and that the men have long beards. There are strict rules regarding gender roles. The Amish view of gender roles is heavily influenced by the Bible, and is incredibly strict.
Women are subordinate to men, and are responsible for tending to the house and children while the men work the farms. This, sadly, results in a problem with sexual assault and rape within the community.
One female former member of the Amish community told ABC News that she was raped by numerous men over the course of her young life, including her older brother. A growing problem for the community. With a high likelihood of incest also comes the subject of inbreeding.An Ephrata man pleaded guilty last week to two counts of animal cruelty after beating a horse that collapsed while pulling a cart. He paid a fine. The owner of a puppy named Libre, found barely alive on a Lancaster County farm last month, was charged with a summary offense, the maximum under the current statute.
These cases have revealed both the inconsistencies in animal cruelty investigations and the inadequate consequences for offenders. Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman has announced that police departments and not animal control officers will now handle animal cruelty investigations in Lancaster County.
A man walked around the horse, attempted to pull it by the neck to its feet. But the horse was too weak. As the animal struggled for breath, witnesses saw the man kick the horse in the abdomen and punch it in the head, as it lay dying. The horse was later euthanized. A video of the incident, taken by a passing motorist and later posted online, sparked local and national outrage.
An animal is not a human being, nor is it a front-end loader or backhoe. We agree wholeheartedly. Richard Alloway II, a Republican from Franklin County, said he would work on legislation to increase penalties for animal cruelty.
Republican state Rep. We applaud Stedman for taking the bold step of seeking court approval to suspend the appointment of the local animal cruelty officer who chose not to prosecute the breeder in the Libre case.
We also commend Stedman for shifting the responsibility for investigating animal cruelty cases to the local police. We understand that some animals, horses and otherwise, are born and bred for work. Even so, they can and must still be treated humanely. When they are not, aggressive investigation and prosecution are appropriate. An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup. There are many similarities.
Both are Plain sects. Ideas about animals are not sentimentalized. They are fairly realistic. To work a horse is not being cruel. There is a line that separates practicality and cruelty and we believe the vast majority of Amish and Mennonite farmers see and respect that line. But we are seeing a disturbing pattern of cruelty, especially as puppy mills continue to operate virtually unabated. In July, we learned about Libre after a delivery man saw the puppy lying unresponsive in a pen.
Libre was emaciated, dehydrated and barely breathing. According to the Humane Society of the United States, more than 71 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters report that their partners abused or killed a family pet. Long before the modern research, French-German philosopher and physician Albert Schweitzer understood the relationship between humans and animals as a necessary characteristic of the human condition.
Toggle navigation Menu. Close 1 of 2. Photos from Facebook page of Tawn Crowther show the horse that was beaten by an Ephrata man. The Boston terrier puppy, Libre, has caught the attention of animal lovers nationwide. The horse collapsed after pulling a cartload of watermelons; the load was simply too heavy.Besides stating the obvious that we should look at the individual and not the whole, the Amish seem to exhibit certain general tendencies across the board.
There are a number of famous stories of the Amish turning the other cheek, forgiving malicious attacks perpetrated against them. One has been made into a movie. I also think pups are a hard issue because they are an animal that is humanized and adored by many in the general public. I live and work in Amish country. I cant count the number of times Ive seen carriage horses driven while dead lame how would they like to go for a jog in 95 degree temps with metal shoes on on cementplow horses working with raw wounds from the harnesses and have visited homes that have dogs stacked in crates a dark barn or garage to make the almighty dollar off of puppies.
Watched one beautiful german shepherd puppy bitch go from lively and vivacious, pacing and running back and forth and back and forth on her short line, to depressed and not moving in three months. I went to sugar creek ohio and saw a very small horse pulling a lb or more women and others in the buggy going up hill and he will whipping him SAD!!!
Few want to get involved. Amish are notorious for mistreating or neglecting the very animals that are supposed to help them with their farms. Where I saw it, there is no animal control that will go out to the farms. Neither will the cops. Animal Control is there to control stray animals not save them! I am thoroughly disgusted by these so-called saintly people! The title of this post is the clearest I can be on my impressions living in Amish country. The local paper had a photo of an early-teen boy holding that kitten like it was the most valuable thing in the world.
The horses are valued. But are they loved, like a pet? This winter, I have seen buggies parked at shopping centers in subzero temperatures, sometimes for an hour or more. They are there for a purpose, and that purpose is not to be warm and fuzzy. Not in any deliberate sense. But also not always easy to watch.
It appears that the norm for the Amish is to use their animals to their own profit but to put as little money into their animals as possible. Cattle chained so tight that they live on their knees and poop into grates. We all know about the Amish and puppy mills-disgusting. Horses are often down to skin and bones and being worked to death. When one work animal dies they just get another one from their barn.
Many Amish are animal abusers and should be arrested and tried for it.