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Put an End to Unlicensed Puppy Mills

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Originally Posted: July 27, 2012

Put an End to Unlicensed Puppy Mills

FROM Best Friends Animal Society


Tell the USDA to close the loophole that allows breeders who sell puppies directly to the public via the Internet, or by phone or mail, to virtually get under the radar and who don’t have to provide even minimum standards of care for their dogs that are required to sell animals to pet stores.  

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
[email protected] 


The proposed rule to close the “sight unseen” loophole is critical to ensure that people breeding and selling dogs are doing so with oversight, and to ensure that they can no longer sell thousands of puppies online and through newspaper ads without ever being inspected. It should be required that dogs in licensed facilities receive basic care. These are reasonable and essential changes that I care about. Please close the loophole on Internet pet sellers.

In order to ensure that the USDA continues to focus on the regulating of large-scale commercial dealers that breed or sell animals as pets, I encourage you to make it clear in the new language that the definition of “dealer” not apply to nonprofit animal rescue groups, as these groups exist primarily to find homes for unwanted animals, rather than to breed or trade animals for profit. 

Thank you for everything you do for animals!