If you could put a federal inspector inside a puppy
mill -- one of those large, unsanitary and largely inhumane breeding
operations that has never known regulation before -- would you? Well,
now's your chance.
The Pet Animal Welfare Statute, or PAWS, will allow the
U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect puppy mills that are currently
beyond the reach of federal law. These mass commercial breeders are taking
advantage of a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that allows them to sell
puppies directly to the public and avoid all federal oversight. This means
that no matter how horrific the conditions may be at the puppy mill,
the USDA is not permitted to even look at the animals.
PAWS would change all this. Carefully written to
avoid covering smaller "hobby breeders," PAWS would make sure that large
breeding operations (those that sell seven or more litters in a year) are
subject to the minimum requirements of the AWA.
Despite the bill's humane intentions, businesses that
profit from mass producing puppies are opposing PAWS. These individuals
have launched an aggressive misinformation campaign to scare animal rescue
groups into believing that they would be covered under PAWS. Nothing could
be further from the truth <http://www.hsus.org/pets/pets_related_news_and_events/paws.html>
. Don't let those who profit from the factory-style breeding of puppies
win in their effort to keep the doors shut on puppy mills.
1. Take action. Contact your Senators and
Representative and urge them to co-sponsor and strongly support the Pet
Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS).
2. Make a call. The puppy mill lobby is working
hard to scare and confuse rescue groups into opposing PAWS. Your voice is
needed NOW to help dogs in puppy mills. Please take a moment to make a
short phone call urging your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor and
strongly support the PAWS legislation.
3. Spread the word. Every single U.S. Senator and
Representative needs to hear from constituents who care about animals. Ask
your friends and family to call their Senators and Representatives as
Without PAWS, mass breeding operations will continue to
escape federal oversight, and the animals will continue to suffer.
Thank you for taking action and for all you do on behalf
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
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