Let's put an end to unlicensed puppy and kitten mills today!
  • Petitioned Tom Vilsack

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Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack

Let's put an end to unlicensed puppy and kitten mills today!

    1. Petition by

      Best Friends Animal Society

Let’s put an end to unlicensed puppy mills today! Urge the USDA to close the loophole for Internet puppy sellers.

Under the current requirements of the Animal Welfare Act, commercial dog breeders only have to be licensed and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if they sell wholesale to pet shops or brokers. If they sell puppies directly to the public via the Internet, or by phone or mail, they can operate virtually under the radar and don’t have to provide even minimum standards of care for their dogs.

The USDA has recently proposed a rule to close this loophole by requiring that commercial breeders and dealers who sell to members of the public “sight unseen,” including those who sell over the phone or via the Internet, be licensed and inspected, and provide the same basic standards of care as those who sell wholesale to pet stores. This is a big step forward for dogs in puppy mills, and will crack down on the worst offenders who hide behind websites, classified ads and mail order catalogues.

The USDA is seeking public feedback on the proposed rule until July 16. We urgently need as many concerned citizens as possible to speak out in support of this critical reform.

Please contact the USDA before July 16 to convey your support for this long overdue reform.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Comment period extended to August 15!

      The USDA has extended the deadline to submit comments about the proposed rule through August 15. This will provide more time to share this petition and let the USDA know that you support this important reform.

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    3. Reached 4,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Janine Henschel GARDEN GROVE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I want all puppy mills stopped because they cannot control everyone and the govt is finding out that most of them are living in horrible conditions and most are living out thier lives in a metal box that they don't even get to run and play !! No dog should be treated this way and its wrong !

    • lauren enriquez FAIRFAX, DC
      • about 2 years ago

      i love animals and we need to protect them !

    • Samantha Perry ST CLAIR, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      It is unnecessary and cruel! Animal abuse is inhumane and needs to be addressed globally! We need to be their voice!

    • Patricia Lawery UTICA, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      I would like to take these people and put them in a cage

    • carole mauldin MARIETTA, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      these puppy mills are cruel and abusive to the unfortunate animals that are the breeding animals...should be outlawed!!


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