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Amish Men Accused of Animal Cruelty Defend Their Actions ("In the Amish itís acceptable")
WHAM News, Rochester NY ^ | 1/31 11:40 pm | Reported by: Jane Flasch

Posted on 02/01/2013 6:15:09 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines

Clyde, N.Y. - Two Amish men from Wayne County are accused of killing a litter of healthy puppies and their mother.

“This is simply a case of animal cruelty,” says Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy who intends to charge the pair.

The nine dead dogs were discovered in a compost pile and reported to police January 17th.

Merlin Schumacher who owns the dogs says he was trying to breed Australian Red Heelers, but when he couldn’t sell the dogs and they became “too big” he asked an employee to shoot them.

Jonathan Eicher agreed to put the dogs down.

“In the Amish it’s acceptable to put dogs down. I thought as long as you did it out back it was okay,” Eicher told police. Eicher referred to what he called “the three S’s: shoot, shovel, and shut up.”

That is where Amish custom and New York law clash. New York A.G. and Market Laws prevent the killing of otherwise healthy animals for no reason.

“They need to understand that it is illegal,” says DA Healy. “They can’t treat the animals the way they want to treat the animals they must treat the animals humanely.”

Schumacher, who owns the dogs, told police he had “raised the dogs and couldn’t put them down myself so I asked Jonathan to do it.”

Both men now face nine counts of unjustifiably killing an animal which is a misdemeanor.

Schumacher was charged Wednesday, Eicher expected to be charged Wednesday evening.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: amish; cruelty; dogs; puppymills
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

On the bright side Merlin and Jonathon....you can abort humans all day long!


21 posted on 02/01/2013 6:36:37 AM PST by albie
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

They are treating those poor dogs like animals!


22 posted on 02/01/2013 6:37:18 AM PST by MNDude (Guns don't kill people, Democrats kill people)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Meanwhile, police all across the land continue to kill dogs with abandon. and without getting charged. They should have said they “felt threatened” like all the officers do, even when the dogs they shoot are perfectly friendly. Then again, it’s not Amish to lie (although it might be department policy).


23 posted on 02/01/2013 6:38:31 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: riverrunner

Its no more cruel than the way the animal shelter would euthanize them.

I know I would rather euthanize my dogs here at home if I had too. Its better than putting them through the stress of taking them to the vet.


24 posted on 02/01/2013 6:38:31 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines


25 posted on 02/01/2013 6:38:48 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: USS Alaska

and what if you want to protect every creature including the babies ........................I am livid at how “farmers” treat their animals, I am also livid at abortion, child abuse, and lots of other bad stuff. I want it all good. All of it, see? Including how the cattle are butchered, puppies environments, chickens and children not stacked in wire boxes, get it? See how it could be? That’s how I want it. I want everyone happy, comfortable, clean, warm, fed, including you and your puppies and babies and the dying.


26 posted on 02/01/2013 6:38:48 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: nascarnation

I doubt they would cheer if the babies were killed after they were born.


27 posted on 02/01/2013 6:40:11 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: Eska

who are you to judge?

That is plain stupid.

What they are doing may be “the way they have always done it” or some such putrid garbage, but it is wrong.

Who are you to judge if someone wants to kill you? Or abort your baby? Where you gonna draw the line genius.


28 posted on 02/01/2013 6:41:32 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Eska

The show about the people living along the Yukon on The Discovery channel covered the subject of dog euthanasia a few weeks ago.

It was a simple matter of catching enough salmon to feed the dogs through the winter or eliminating some dogs. Just letting the dogs starve would have been the cruelest act of all.


29 posted on 02/01/2013 6:45:12 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: yldstrk

Just a question for you to consider -

by what standard are you equating animal life with human life?


30 posted on 02/01/2013 6:47:46 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

I am not equating them, I am simply saying in response to kneejerk comment about protecting animals and not babies that there is nothing wrong with protecting both. it is a false choice that you can only protect one or the other. See?


31 posted on 02/01/2013 6:51:59 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Eska

It’s all relative, ain’t it?


32 posted on 02/01/2013 6:52:22 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: yldstrk

Agreed, the two are unrelated,

so, saying that “if you want to protect babies, to be consistent, you must also want to protect animals” is relating apples and oranges.


33 posted on 02/01/2013 6:53:55 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

yeah, so.......

I want babies protected

I also want animals protected

We can choose to protect both.

I don’t want animals or babies to suffer.


34 posted on 02/01/2013 6:56:31 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: lysie

That would’ve been TOO easy.


35 posted on 02/01/2013 6:57:14 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: stuartcr

only to a relativist or a humanist


36 posted on 02/01/2013 6:57:39 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SatinDoll

How does someone without a phone, or elecricity, list thier dogs? I’m just pointing out that this wonderful service would not work very well for an Amish farmer. ot taking sides here, although I think a box of puppies at the market would be preferable to shooting them, unless they had health problems.


37 posted on 02/01/2013 6:59:33 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
This is no different from what happens every day at any animal shelter.

The cold hard fact is that there are far more dogs and cats than people willing to take them.

38 posted on 02/01/2013 7:03:09 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: yldstrk

No, I believe to anyone that can think.


39 posted on 02/01/2013 7:04:42 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: yldstrk
Who are you to judge if someone wants to kill you? Or abort your baby? Where you gonna draw the line genius.

Can't say I agree with your line of argument there, bud.

These are animals, not humans.

From the article: "Both men now face nine counts of unjustifiably killing an animal which is a misdemeanor."

Unjustifiably? In whose eyes?

The people directly involved, or the Chief Libtard in Charge?

If we're going to leave this stuff up to the CLiC's, you are going to be very surprised as to what kinds of things you might be doing on your own property that the CLiC's might find "unjustifiable". Like flushing your toilet more than twice a day. Better not involving outsiders in matters of the home and farm.

40 posted on 02/01/2013 7:06:57 AM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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