Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup (Southeast Michigan) Message Board › Letter to Editor: Federal Government to Protect Puppies
Letter to the Editor
Puppy mills continue to plague our country. Some of the worst facilities sell puppies online sight unseen to unsuspecting consumers by posing as small, reputable breeders when in fact they keep hundreds of dogs in deplorable conditions. But now, for the first time, the federal government is stepping up to protect puppies who are sold online.
The United States Department of Agriculture has proposed a change to the Animal Welfare Act regulations that would require large-scale commercial dog breeders that sell puppies over the Internet, by mail or phone to be federally licensed and to undergo inspections. The bill will not affect small, responsible breeders who sell puppies directly from their own businesses or residences and allow buyers to see animals before purchase.
Currently, facilities that breed pets for commercial resale through pet stores are required to be licensed and inspected under the AWA. However, Internet sellers that sell thousands of puppies a year have not been required to have a federal license and undergo inspections, even though they may keep and breed just as many animals as those who sell to pet stores. Clearly the current law has not kept pace with technological developments. The new rule will close this regulatory loophole and hold Internet puppy sellers accountable by requiring them to meet basic humane standards for shelter, care and exercise.
Dogs have been waiting a long time for this.
Through July 16, you can support the proposed rule at humanesociety.org/USDApuppymills or mail comments to:
Docket No. APHIS-2011-
0003, Regulatory Analysis and Development PPD
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118,
Riverdale, MD, 20737-1238