Showing posts with label Missouri Puppy MIll law. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Missouri Puppy MIll law. Show all posts

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Puppy Mill Laws Decided by USDA by Kansas City News

The USDA rules and regulations concerning Puppy Mills is not only confined to the physical world, but these rules and regulations must apply to the sale of the dogs over the internet as well. The AKC, or American Kennel Club is fighting to increase the rules and regulations that apply to the puppy mills in Missouri. - Kansas City News

The USDA is accepting comments in favor of these regulations online until August 15th, 2012, after which time they will make a decision. Submit your comments electronically by going to the federal rule making portal at the USDA Here. The AKC is generating many comments from dog breeders and they need to offset these comments.  The USDA needs to hear from as many animal advocates as possible.

The USDA needs to hear from you by August 15th in reference to their new proposed rules that would require breeders who sell puppies over the Internet to be federally licensed and regulated by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.  This is critical since Missouri is home to more commercial dog breeders than any other state. Many so called e-mills are circumventing federal regulations and federal oversight by selling over the Internet. Currently, a federal license is required only if one sells to pet stores.

If you agree with the AKC, simply tell the USDA that you agree with their proposed rules and that it is important that they inspect all large-scale commercial breeders of dogs and cats whether they sell to pet stores or to consumers via the Internet. 

Here are some proposed points to make in your comments to the USDA:

The proposed rules are necessary to ensure that all breeding animals are monitored for their health and humane treatment regardless if their puppies are sold in pet stores or over the Internet.

The proposed rules will protect consumers who purchase a puppy sight unseen over the Internet and will help ensure that they receive a healthy puppy.

These rules will help encourage dog breeders to open their doors to the public so buyers can see the conditions in which their new puppy is raised or be subject to inspections by the USDA.

These rules will help concentrate the regulatory efforts of the USDA on those facilities that present the greatest risk to the welfare of the animals.

These rules will hold breeders accountable to normal sensible regulations that good reputable breeders are already doing and will not place an undue burden on any responsible breeder.

Please thank the USDA for proposing these rules and encourage them to implement them as written.
This is your opportunity to truly make a difference for the animals. 

The puppy millers are already sending letters of protest to the USDA. The AKC needs you to refute any such attempts to weaken the USDA's proposed new rules. 

The AKC thanks everyone for contacting the USDA on this critical matter. The dogs and cats who suffer in inhumane breeding facilities are deeply appreciative. - Kansas City News

American Kennel Club puppy mill rules and regulations for the USDA by Kansas City News, official kc news site with breaking stories on The Kansas City Royals, Chiefs, charity events, the 2012 MLB All Star Game, weather, sports, MU, KU, ufo sightings, dui checkpoints, Kansas City neighborhoods, nightlife, concerts, the Sprint Center, the Power and Light District and current Kansas City news articles.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Missouri "Puppy Mill" Law Faces Changes

The Missouri Senate has endorsed Senate Bill 113 which changes some wording and provisions in the "Puppy Mill" law that was recently passed by Missouri voters. This new bill is aimed at softening some of the regulations that would drive costs up for breeders in the state of Missouri. Many contend that the law as passed by voters in November would put many breeders out of business in Missouri.

Many would say one of the serious problems with this law limited the number of dogs at a breeding facility to 50. Seems like an arbitrarily low number to me - if dogs are cared for properly, what difference does it make how many are there? It takes aim at "big" operations, as if there is something inherently wrong about a large facility.

Other issues addressed in the new law include defining what constitutes "adequate" shelter, exercise, food and water, and medical care. A veterinarian would still have to see the animals at least yearly, but any treatment or euthanasia would not have to be performed by a vet. A dog no linger would have to have constant access to an exercise area, but instead consistant with the regulations of the Department of Agriculture. The Food and water language was changed to something similar. In general, some very specific measurements and time intervals were changed to generalities.

Another important criticism of the bill is also being changed. Language in the original law stated "domestic animal" and will be changed to dog. Some opponents of the law stated that it could be applied to many more animals than dogs.


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