Project Proposal Kramer


  • What societal problem or problems have you identified while researching your topic?

There are problems with my topic, with puppy mills and animals being abused in shelters or by their owners.

  • What are the causes of this problem? Was it intentional? Are there extenuating circumstances?

The causes of these problems are people who don't really care about the animals. With the puppy mills they are intentionally not caring for the animals so they can make a profit. Another cause it that people don't know that they could be supporting these puppy mills.

  • What can we do about it? Is there any action that can be taken to change this? What action has been already attempted to address this problem? Why wasn't it successful?

Actions that can be taken for this is looking at the backgrounds of shelters and pet stores and making sure that they do not support puppy mills. Actions that have been taken are reporting any signs of abuse in shelters or reporting a puppy mill if you know of one. There have been several successes, but they want to get rid of puppy mills and animal abusers altogether.


  • In what ways is this thesis and topic challenging (p.108)?

This topic is challenging because there probably isn't a lot of people who support puppy mills besides the people that run them. So most people will be on the side that puppy mills should be shut down. I need to find out if puppy mills are allowed in some states or what would make them legal.

  • How is this thesis and topic compelling (p.108)?

This topic is compelling because it would be interesting to find out what laws and regulations are set up to make puppy mills either illegal or legal.

  • In what ways is this thesis and topic debatable or controversial (p. 109)?

This topic is controversial because there are a lot of puppy mills, but people don't know that they could be supporting these puppy mills so they stay in business. There are a lot of people who do not support them, but there may be laws and regulations in some states that say they are okay.

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