On Wednesday, September 10th, a bi-partisan bill titled the "Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act" (PUPS Act), was introduced into the senate that will close the loophole in puppy mills sales that currently allows breeders to sell animals online without the need for federal licensing and inspections. (CNN)
The bill which was originally introduced in March 2011 (but failed in committee and also failed in the House), was re-introduced by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana. (pennlive.com)
The bill seeks to close that loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that exempts internet sellers after the Inspector General for the USDA investigated the department's history on enforcing rules where it did have authority and found it not only deficient in performing its duties, but that the results of such were cases of abuses of dogs that were appalling.
In addition to puppy breeders, the bill will also address large commercial breeders of other pets such as kittens and also small mammals. The idea is to put regulations into place to help protect these animals from criminal negligence such as filthy conditions, starvation, lack of veterinary care, and more.
It's a victory for animal rights advocates, and will be one of the best steps forward in recent history in the fight to end abuses of animals if passed into law.
Please contact your state representatives (email or phone call) and tell them that you support the passage of the PUPS Act ASAP.
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