Target: Wayne County Judges, New York
Goal: For Amish men who killed nine healthy puppies to be prosecuted and punished
Two Amish men in New York are guilty of killing a healthy litter of puppies and their mother. The nine dead dogs were shot and thrown in a compost pile. Amish man Merlin Shumacher was breeding the dogs, but when they became too big and he couldn’t sell them, he asked Jonathan Eicher to shoot them. This is a severe act of animal cruelty and both men should be punished.
Eicher tried to defend himself by saying that killing animals in Amish culture is acceptable. He claimed that as long as he shot the dogs out back, he thought it was okay. He later referred to a motto called “the three S’s”, which stands for “shoot, shovel, and shut up”.
These Amish men had no respect for New York law, and no respect for the puppies they killed. They are trying to use their culture’s beliefs as an excuse to defend their horrible actions. There were several other options these men could have chosen instead of shooting the puppies. They could have been surrendered to a shelter, given to family or friends, or kept as pets. Instead, these men chose to get rid of the dogs as if they were garbage. Sign the petition below to make sure these men face harsh criminal punishment for their actions.
Dear Wayne County Judges,
Two Amish men murdered nine helpless dogs, simply because they didn’t want to deal with them any more. Merlin Shumacher and Jonathan Eicher committed a heinous crime, and their Amish beliefs should not be an excuse to let them get away with this.
Eicher agreed to shoot and kill the dogs after Shumacher was unable to sell them. They both understood what they were doing, and knew what the outcome of the crime would be. The helpless dogs had no choice in their lives, and they were discarded like garbage.
The Amish men are now using their culture’s acceptance of animal abuse as a way to defend their case. They are both guilty of planned murder, and being Amish isn’t an excuse. New York law was disrespected just as much as the dogs were. Animal abuse is a crime regardless of who committed it, and these men need to face the most severe punishment legally acceptable for what they did.
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