A loophole in the Animal Welfare Act has allowed large scale breeders that sell puppies directly to the public or over the Internet to operate without a license or regulation for far to long.
However, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, a new bill that is now before the U.S. House of Representatives, was introduced and is being sponsored by Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Lois Capps, D-Calif and Bill Young, R-Fla.
The PUPS Act will close loopholes and bring all commercial breeders under federal oversight and require any breeder who sells, or tries to sell, more than 50 dogs annually to be licensed and inspected.
Breeders will also be required to exercise every dog on a daily basis allowing them “to reach a running stride without the use of treadmills or similar devices.”
This bill has been introduced before, but has always timed out, according to the ASPCA.
Now there’s an opportunity to pass humane legislation that will protect dogs who are forced to spend their lives in tiny cages and live as breeding machines until they are no longer useful, at which point they are disposed of.
Not only do puppy mills cause tremendous suffering for dogs, but many of the puppies that are sold are often sick or suffering from behavioral problems. Unsuspecting consumers who planned to welcome a new member of the family end up footing heavy medical bills or losing them entirely.
Send a letter to your representatives asking them to support and cosponsor the PUPS Act.
Sign the ASPCA’s petition supporting federal oversight of all commercial breeders.
Millions of perfectly lovable pets are brought to shelters for many different reasons and millions are killed simply because there are not enough homes for them.
Sign and share the pledge to adopt instead of buying online or from pet stores and help educate others about why adoption is so important. If you’ve already opened your heart and home to an animal in need share your story and encourage others to help homeless animals.
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