Support PUPS Act:
Bring All Commercial Dog Breeders Under Federal Oversight

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Originally Posted: 23 Jun 2010

Support PUPS Act:
Bring All Commercial Dog Breeders Under Federal Oversight

Tell your U.S. Senators and Representative to SUPPORT S. 3424 and H.R. 5434, Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act that will bring all commercial dog breeders in the United States under federal oversight

FROM The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)


A dog rescued from a backyard breeding business. PUPS could have saved this dog years of misery.

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In May, Senators Durbin and Vitter and Rep. Farr introduced the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act to bring all commercial dog breeders in the United States under federal oversight. Currently, only breeders who sell their dogs to brokers or pet stores are required to be licensed and inspected by the USDA. If passed, the PUPS Act would require any breeder who sells or offers to sell more than 50 dogs annually directly to the public—including over the Internet—to also be licensed and inspected.

The bill would also require all dog breeders licensed under the federal Animal Welfare Act to exercise every dog every day, including allowing the dogs to reach a running stride without the use of treadmills or similar devices. Requiring exercise could dramatically improve the lives of thousands of dogs suffering from lifetimes of confinement at the hands of the commercial breeding industry.

The ASPCA was disturbed by the most recent report by the U.S. Office of Inspector General on the USDA’s lax enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act. We are working with federal officials to ensure that the current law, as well as any amendments, is enforced consistently and aggressively against violators. In the meantime, strengthening the current law is critical if better enforcement is to have a significant impact.


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