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From 31 July 2005 Issue

Senator Santorum on PAWS

Senator Rick Santorum delivered a speech on the Senate floor in which he discussed the reasons and merits for passing what has become known as the PAWS bill. Key points in his short speech included plans to hold hearings shortly after the August recess to address some of the language issues on the bill.

Santorum put to rest many of the rumors being circulated by breeder interest groups opposed to PAWS that rescue groups would also be affected by PAWS with the statement "True rescue and shelter organizations who do not sell dogs or cats in commerce, for profit, will not be brought under regulation by PAWS, whether or not they are formally incorporated as not for profit organizations."

Instead, PAWS will focus on the high volume breeders who breed MORE than SEVEN litters per year or sell MORE than 25 puppies. Responsible breeders who fail to meet that number will be exempt.

Senator Santorum along with cosponsors Senator Richard Durbin and Diane Feinstein finally offer an opportunity to close the loopholes which allow the Jennifer Siliski's in the breeding world from thumbing their noses to current AWA criteria by simply marketing their poorly bred puppies to unsuspecting consumers on the Internet.

It is critical for all the breeding stock that continues to suffer in unregulated inadequate kennels that the rescue and advocate community work diligently in support of PAWS.

Statement by Senator Rick Santorum on July 27, 2005 delivered on the U.S. Senate floor:

"First, it will bring under coverage of the Animal Welfare Act high volume dealers who are in every respect like those dealers currently regulated, but are evading regulation because they sell animals exclusively at retail."

"Second, PAWS will help the Secretary of Agriculture identify persons not complying with the law by requiring those who acquire animals for resale to keep records of the source from whom the animals are acquired and make these records available to the Secretary upon request."

"With the advent of the Internet, mass national marketing channels, and mass importation of puppies for resale, there are a large number of unregulated dealers who are in every respect identical to the dealers regulated by the Act, except that they evade regulation by selling exclusively at retail."

"Breeders who sell dogs and cats from fewer than 7 litters a year bred or raised on their own premises, or fewer than 25 dogs and cats per year bred or raised on their own premises, which ever is greater, would be exempt."

"PAWS will continue to regulate sellers of hunting dogs on the same basis as those who sell dogs as pets."

"True rescue and shelter organizations who do not sell dogs or cats in commerce, for profit, will not be brought under regulation by PAWS, whether or not they are formally incorporated as not for profit organizations."

"There is nothing in PAWS, or in the current Animal Welfare Act, that precludes persons from breeding and raising animals in a residential setting provided the animals are properly housed and cared for. In implementing PAWS, the Secretary of Agriculture will have to assure that the animal care regulations take into account breeders and dealers who conduct their operations in a residential setting."

"I intend to convene a hearing and mark-up of PAWS shortly after the August recess to make technical corrections, and to clarify some of the bill's language to better reflect our intentions as set forth in this statement."

Senator Rick Santorum

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