I had assumed that a crate was a kennel and run setup similar to the ones you see farm dogs in in New Zealand. You know, the ones with a box for sleeping in and an 8 foot by 4 foot cage with room for the dog to move around in? Turns out I'm wrong.
A crate is a plastic box, covered in on all sides except the wire mesh door, that is only just big enough for a dog to stand up and turn around in. That's right folks, a crate is a dog-sized version of the box you put your cat in to take it to the vets. And the dogs are locked in them for up to 8 hours at a time.
I'm gobsmacked, I really am. Yesterday I had a bunch of people jump down my throat on a forum because I said that I think being tied up to a kennel outside is less boring for a dog than being inside. "Chaining is not fair to the dog!!" "It's irresponsible to leave your dog outside unsupervised!"
Apparently locking dogs in a tiny cell for 8 hours a day is somehow better for them. I call cruelty. If you disagree, go sit in one for a while, see if you develop 'separation anxiety.'
*sigh* I have to stop reading forums. It hurts, it really does.
[EDIT] This kind of blows my 'being less judgemental' into the weeds, doesn't it? *grin*