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350,000 Voices for Puppy Mill Dogs!

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 9:15am
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Go, teamwork! The ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Change.org have gathered approximately 350,000 letters, comments and signatures from citizens speaking out against puppy mills. Yesterday, the information was hand-delivered to the D.C. headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of the agency’s efforts to regulate unlicensed puppy mills.

“The enormous public response to the USDA’s proposed rule illustrates just how strongly Americans support greater oversight of unlicensed puppy mills,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “We have witnessed the abhorrent cruelty that often exists behind the pictures of happy puppies posted on a breeder’s website, and this rule would crack down on the worst Internet breeders.”

The USDA has proposed a rule that will require large-scale commercial breeders that sell pets over the Internet or by mail or phone, sight-unseen, to be licensed and inspected under the federal Animal Welfare Act. The public comment period closes today. Now the USDA will read and consider all comments before deciding final action on the proposed rule.

“We encourage the USDA to adopt a final rule that is enforceable, effective and covers as many commercial breeders as possible,” says Perry.

Super thanks to everyone who took the time to speak out for puppy mill dogs. To learn more about our legislative efforts and how you can become involved, please visit our Advocacy Center.

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lucia

THIS IS A NO BRAINER! IF WE END ALL SALES OF PET STORES AND ONLINE SALE OF PUPPIES/KITTENS THERE WILL BE NO PUPPY MILLS NEEDED AND THERE WILL BE NO OVER POPULATION OF DOGS AND CATS. IRELAND, CITIES IN CANADA AND CALIF ALL HAVE THIS BILL PASSED!!! IF DESIRE A PET GO TO RESCUES, SHELTERS, PETFINDERS.COM AND TOP BREEDERS. THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE FIGHTING FOR!

Megan Antijunti

In one of the paragraphs on an email I read, you stated that it will require all LARGE SCALE PUPPY MILLS to have a license. THAT IS NOT TRUE! It will require ALL BREEDERS, hobby or large scale, who sell anything AWAR FROM THEIR HOME/BREEDING AREA OPERATION, to get a license, and have their home intruded upon by the Federal Government, which is against the 4th Amendment in the Constitution! This will DESTROY all hobby breeders who have a very small operation, who raise dogs, cats, gerbils, bunnies in a family oriented, home type environment...it will not allow proper socialization of animals before they go to pet, show, therapy, or special needs educational training facilities to help people who need seeing eye dogs and such! This bill goes totally overboard and should be completely recinded! Sorry for the spelling errors. I am mentally challenged and am speaking from experience. Please don't pass this bill. PLEASE DON'T!!

Sylvia Lofrano

I really thought ASPCA was about protecting animals unlike the HSUS and PETA. This article shows your true colors. You seem to have no concept about the damage the act will have to the world of dogs since it will virtually eliminate all ethical responsible hobby breeders and will have negligible effect on puppy mills. After all, if they really cared about the welfare of animals and the law, they wouldn't be breeding them as they do in the first place. I agree that puppy mills need to be controlled or shut down but the effect of this bill will only harm those who are interested in following the law. A small hobby breeder who produce maybe one litter every year or two but who may well have over four intact bitches cannot afford the requirement set out by this act. Nor would they consider putting their well-bred, home-raised, well-planned puppies in a such a sterile isolated envirnoment. The only answer for them is to not breed at all. Soon all that will be left are the puppy mills puppies from people who care nothing about the proper care of animals. This bill will only stop people from finding well-bred, home-raised, well socialized puppies. It will not stop the irresponsible people who let there unaltered animals roam the street and breeding. It will not stop the irresponsible owner from turning in their dog to the pound and it will not stop the sociopaths out there who take joy in inflicting unimaginable harm to defenseless creatures. I am so disappointed in seeing your position on this that I will not longer be supporting ASPCA.

Karenanne Fitzs...

What can't a reputable hobby breeder not meet in these regs? These are minimum requirments and I would hope that hobby -home breeders would be exceeding USDA regs.!

Jen MacNabb

PERFECTLY STATED!!!

Lindsey white

Minimum requirements like my dogs wont be able to cuddle with me on the couch and I won't be able to have puppies in the kitchen lovingly held and cared for every day! Instead these proposed sanctions require me to build concrete kennels to house my dogs in! And the fees required for a hobby responsible breeder are astronomical! I'm a responsible show breeder of dogs that are health tested titled and loved. This movement will put me out of buisness but it won't put mass producers out of buisness this is hurting the wrong people!!!!!

Denice Eldridge

Stop hurting animals they are innocent i am animal lover...

LeDe

Im animal lover!!!!!

Debbie

Why is the answer to every problem more federal regulation?

Sara

Please have regulations on the interent sites. Puppy mills mistresat animals and that is a crime

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