I encourage you to take a minute of your time before August 15th to help crack down on puppy mills. Under the current requirements of the Animal Welfare Act, puppy millers (aka, commercial dog breeders) must be licensed and inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) only if they sell their “livestock” to puppy brokers or pet stores. If they sell directly to the public via the Internet, telephone, or mail, they are completely ignored by the USDA. In other words, these puppy millers operate completely under the radar with no requirements to provide even minimum standards of care.
Please act now to help create change. The USDA has proposed a rule that will require puppy millers who sell puppies to individuals “sight unseen,” be licensed and inspected, and required to provide the same basic standards of care as those who sell wholesale to pet stores. This is a big step forward that will hopefully crack down on the worst offenders who perpetuate inhumane treatment of animals behind misleading websites, classified ads and mail order catalogues.
Until August 15th the USDA is hearing public feedback on this proposal. I invite you to declare your support by clicking on the link below:
You have my sincere thanks.
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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