Of all the news media outlets, one where you’d least expect to find an expose of the puppy-mill industry is Forbes magazine. But Allen St. John’s long interview with the filmmaker whose HBO documentary Madonna of the Mills shows that even a financial magazine can have heart.
Some of the facts about puppy mills revealed by Andrew Nibley, a CEO who took off a year and a half to make this documentary, are really astonishing:
It’s kind of a shadowy industry. It’s a multi-billion dollar business. The USDA keeps track of how many animals are trafficked, but not the dollars and cents. That one example in the film, The Hunt Coporation had 88,000 dogs they had transported, and say they’re $2,000 apiece, that’s $176,000,000. It’s a big, big business.
So, read the interview, watch the trailer for Madonna of the Mills (above), and think about how you can help raise public awareness of the vital issue.