Animal Writes
24 January 2001 Issue
USDA Seeks Comments on Regulating Hunting, Breeding, & Security Dog Dealers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2000 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes to amend Animal Welfare Act regulations by including wholesale dealers of hunting, breeding, and security dogs.

"Currently, commercial dealers of hunting, breeding, and security dogs are only covered by policy. We are proposing to include those dealers that wholesale these animals under our regulations. This will allow us to better ensure that the standards of care provided in the AWA are being met," said W. Ron DeHaven, deputy administrator for animal care with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a part of USDA's marketing and regulatory programs mission area.

Notice of this action is scheduled for publication in the Dec. 4 Federal Register. APHIS documents published in the Federal Register, and related information, including the names of organizations and individuals who have commented on APHIS dockets, are available on the Internet at

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Feb. 2, 2001. Please send an original and three copies to Docket No. 99-087-1, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Suite 3CO3, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238.

Comments received may be reviewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Persons wishing to review comments are requested to call ahead on (202) 690-2817 to facilitate entry into the comment reading room.

[Editors Note: The breeders are making themselves heard, let's make sure the animals' voice is heard as well. Let the USDA know what you think.]

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