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Stereotypes and bigotry have no place in our business

From time to time we receive e-mails from people expressing their hatred of the Amish.  The commonality between these messages is that after reading a few articles on the internet about some members of the Amish community operating puppy mils, they are no longer willing to purchase products from Leerburg.  The below letter is my response.

Unfortunately, this is a letter that I am forced to write a few times per year.

For starters, Leerburg is the sole source of employment for an entire family of Amish harness makers. We source our leather from one of the top tanneries in the United States. We then have it delivered to their shop where all our leather equipment is cut and sewn. Prior to working with Leerburg, our Amish harness makers were chicken farmers. They also operated a small leather shop. They are now able to support 3 households with 5 members of the family working solely on Leerburg’s leather products. They have 1 3-legged dog that was rescued after a car accident in front of their house. They also own a few horses for farming. Which I might add, are very well taken care of. Other than that, they do not own any animals. I can guarantee they do not operate a puppy mill or abuse animals.

I would caution you from using the internet as a reliable source of information to cast stereotypes on an entire group of people. You may be surprised what you find out there about groups that you would identify with. If you read an article about a person operating a puppy mill and they happen to be Amish you should discriminate against them for owning the puppy mill. Not for being Amish. Racist propaganda is a dangerous and slippery slope.

With that, every group of people has bad apples. I’m sure there are Amish people out there who own puppy mills. And I have absolutely nothing but disdain for them. I feel they should be punished to the full extent of the law. I would go as far as to say the punishment is not severe enough. However, there are also rednecks with puppy mills, NFL football players, democrats, republicans, Catholics, Muslims, gays, lesbians, white people, black people, Asian people, truck drivers, school teachers, lawyers, etc. I would be willing to bet someone in your hometown is operating a puppy mill. Long story short, Leerburg does not discriminate against an entire group of people based on the actions of a few bad apples.

Regardless of where people come from or what groups they identify with I choose to judge them on their character and their own actions. I do not base my judgments off stereotypes or the actions of others. I do not know every member of the Amish community. But I will vouch for the moral character and integrity of those who we work with every day.

I truly hope that you can understand why racial and religious discrimination has no place in my business. I hope you understand my reasoning’s for continuing to support a family who I have the utmost respect for. If not I would agree you should purchase your training products elsewhere.


Ed Frawley Learning from Amos, our harness maker, how to make a Leerburg leash.


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    October 23, 2017

    It’s too bad you had to make a post in the first place. I live in Wisconsin and lived previously in Iowa near an Amish community and interacted with them regularly. They are some of the kindest and most hospitable people I have met.

    I find it ironic that “social justice warriors” are generalizing a group of people by the actions of a few.

    I also give you massive credit by not backing down and sticking up for your employees. I see so many times a company will fire people to avoid a possible negative image. You care more about integrity then a perceived image and that’s why I’ll keep coming back to Leerburg as a customer.

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    October 26, 2017

    Jeff I wasn’t saying you support puppy mills, I was simply saying that i’m glad they are making leather products & don’t own a puppy mill, And I think the reason so many think of the PA Amish as puppy mill owners is because Lancaster Pa is the puppy mill capital of the USA!, Chuck

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      Jeff Frawley
      October 30, 2017


      This blog post had nothing to do with the facebook posts on my dad’s video. Sheer coincidence that he posted the Amish leather video to Facebook a week after I posted this blog. I wrote this up so that I didn’t have to keep rewriting the same email every time someone writes to tell me “they are going to tell all their friends never to buy anything from Leerburg because the Amish are all evil puppy mill operators”. I posted it as a blog so that I could just copy paste the link every time the word puppy mil and Amish is mentioned.

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    Annette Fennern
    October 30, 2017

    If you or your dad ran for President, I would vote for you.

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