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USDA Proposed Animal Welfare Act Regulation
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: Tell the USDA to finalize a new rule to close a major loophole in federal regulation of puppy mills.
This holiday season, urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finalize a new rule protecting dogs in puppy mills!
Currently, only breeders who sell dogs directly to pet stores or to puppy brokers are required to be licensed and inspected by the USDA. Due to the wording of the federal Animal Welfare Act—passed 40 years ago, before existence of the Internet—a large (and growing) population of commercial breeders has been able to escape federal licensing and regulation by selling dogs online.
This means that no one is checking up on breeders who sell puppies directly to consumers over the Internet. As the ASPCA has seen firsthand, the photos of happy, healthy puppies posted on a breeder’s website often grossly misrepresent what conditions are really like for these puppies and their parents.
Over the summer, hundreds of thousands of supporters told the USDA to close the loophole that exempts puppies sold over the Internet from any oversight by federal inspectors. The effort received overwhelming support, but we need the USDA to implement the rule so it can start protecting dogs now.
What You Can Do
Please use the email below to tell Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to finalize the USDA rule that will prevent thousands of dogs from suffering without any federal oversight. Your email will also be sent to the White House.
Thank you for taking action for puppy mill dogs!
Source: ASPCA – Advocacy Center