In many states, it is illegal to separate a puppy from his or her mother before 8 weeks old. For other states, the law says 7 weeks. And still for other states, the law is not to separate until the puppy is fully weaned (which can take longer than 8 weeks for some breeds). The penalty for not obeying the law is usually a fine or short amount of jail time.
Why do states have these laws?
There are several reasons:
- The most important is proper nourishment. A puppy needs its mom's milk for at least 7 weeks
- Another reason is socialization and development. It often takes up to 12 weeks for a puppy to learn proper socialization from his mother and litter mates
- Leaving the mom too early can also result in poor coordination and social skills
Taking a puppy away from his or her mom before six weeks is detrimental to that animal's health. They are more susceptible to disease and have higher rates of mortality.
We look at the reasoning for these laws and most people will think "That makes sense. It's just a puppy and it needs its mom until it weans".
Yet if we look at the laws as they pertain to human mothers and babies and mothers in the workforce who must be separated from their child, these arguments are thrown out the window.
|Who do we value more?|
Why do we not give mothers and human babies the same treatment as dogs and puppies?
What is the solution?
None of these "solutions" are ideal and will result in hurting the people they were meant to help.