Urge Congress to Crack Down on Puppy Mills
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Urge Congress to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

    1. Sponsored by

      The Humane Society of The United States

September 2013


After years of pressure from The HSUS, and hundreds of thousands of emails and support from advocates like you, online puppy mills will finally be subject to federal inspections and oversight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans today to ensure that large-scale breeding facilities that sell puppies over the Internet, by phone, or by mail are licensed and inspected regularly for basic humane care standards. This rule will also apply to large commercial breeders of other warm-blooded pets, such as kittens and small mammals. We are so grateful for the actions of our advocates. When we stand together, we can make a tremendous difference for animals on a national level.

Legislation to crack down on puppy mills has been reintroduced in Congress. S. 395 / H.R. 847, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, will close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act regulations that currently allows puppy mills to sell dogs over the Internet without any oversight or standards of care.

This bipartisan bill will require the following changes to the Animal Welfare Act: 1.) All dog breeders who sell more than 50 puppies per year directly to the public will be federally licensed and inspected; 2.) Dogs at commercial breeding facilities must be given the opportunity to exercise for 60 minutes a day; and 3.) The bill will not affect small breeders and hobby breeders who sell fewer than 50 dogs per year directly to the public, but is crafted to cover only large commercial breeding facilities.

The PUPS Act is sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Bill Young, R-Fla., and Lois Capps, D-Calif.

Take action today and send a message to your legislators expressing your support for the PUPS Act!

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    1. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Summer McCarthy WINNETKA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      This should be more like 10 puppies per year not 50! How are they going to enforce this? How will they know how many puppies are being sold? Personally I think puppy mills should be illegal, only let show dogs bread for show and only they can sell the the puppies. That should solve the problem of too many pets being euthanized.

    • jill ferretti AURORA, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      One of my dogs was rescued from a mill where she was forced to be a breeder dog. She's 6 years old and still learning to be a dog.

    • Ashley Twibell SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • about 1 year ago

      This is not simply a bleeding heart issue. Ending puppy mills would be the number one step in eliminating over population and the devastating number of euthanized pets in the world. It is no longer simply an animal rights issue but a human rights issue. End puppy mills, end this injustice.

      • over 1 year ago

      ok !!!!

    • Sandra Stephens GOODYEAR, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      It should be important to anyone that has compassion. These dogs live in deplorable conditions and lead a cruel existence. They have life long health problems because there are mostly indiscriminate breeders who care nothing for the breed but are making money off the backs of these abused and neglected animals.

      Congress needs to do something more than this bill does.


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