This is truly a historic week when it comes to puppy mill reform. A few days ago the Puppy Mill Bill was passed by the PA House of Representatives and is on the way to the Senate.
Now, there is new legislation seeking to close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act, which allows puppies to be sold via the internet without Federal oversight.
WASHINGTON – The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund commend federal lawmakers for introducing bills that will crack down on abusive “puppy mills” in the United States – where breeding dogs are often stacked in wire cages for years to produce litter after litter. The legislation will close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that currently allows large, commercial breeders who sell puppies online and directly to the public to escape licensing and regulation.
The legislation – known as the “Puppy Uniform Protection Statute” (PUPS), or “Baby’s Bill” in honor of rescued puppy mill survivor Baby who is the subject of Jana Kohl’s new book A Rare Breed of Love – was introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday as H.R. 6949 by Reps. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Terry Everett (R-Ala.). A companion bill, S. 3519, was also introduced in the Senate by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).
The statute is pretty long, but worth reading, so check out the Humane Society site to read in full. Once again we’ve proven when dog owners become a united front we are a powerful lobbying group. We cannot, and will not, be ignored.
I want to thank Gizmo for giving me a bark to let me know about the new legislation.