Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup (Southeast Michigan) Message Board › ACTION ALERT: Veterinary Professionals Urged to Support USDA Proposal to Reg
It's not too late to let the USDA know
you support an end to unlicensed puppy mills.
Please help with outreach on the proposed USDA ruling regarding unlicensed puppy mills. As you know, we have been sending out our own letters of in support of this ruling, which would establish oversight for commercial breeders who sell over the Internet.
The USDA extended the deadline for public comment and the HSVMA is working on getting supportive comments from veterinary professionals. They are looking for veterinarians who have experience with or an interest in this issue to submit letters of support by August 15th.
I am forwarding a quest from the HSVMA. You can read the proposed rule and access a comment form from here. Just click on the “comment” button in the right hand corner of this website to submit your support statement.
Veterinary Professionals Urged to Support USDA Proposal to Regulate Unlicensed Commercial Breeding Facilities
Submit your support comments before the August 15 deadline!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a proposed federal rule designed to close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations that has allowed thousands of large-scale commercial breeding facilities, commonly known as puppy mills, to operate without federal inspections or oversight, particularly operations that sell over the Internet.
The proposed rule would require large-scale, commercial puppy breeders and dealers who sell to members of the public “sight unseen,” including those who sell over the Internet, to abide by the same basic standards of care as those who sell wholesale to pet stores. The proposed rule will not affect small hobby breeders with four or fewer breeding females or those who sell puppies directly to the public from their homes.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The USDA is seeking public comments on the proposed rule; the deadline has been extended to August 15, 2012. We urgently need as many veterinary professionals as possible to speak out in support of the rule.
You can read the proposed rule and access a comment form here. Just click on the “comment” button in the right hand corner of this website to submit your support statement.
Veterinary professionals are urged to share any personal expertise with the agency that would be helpful; for example, experience treating dogs from puppy mills and concerns about the spread of disease when puppies are shipped state-to-state by unlicensed and unmonitored facilities.
You can review the HSVMA statement on this issue and other background information on the HSVMA website.