Skip to comments.USDA seeks change to regulate Internet pet sales
Posted on 05/11/2012 5:43:22 AM PDT by Gennie
Dog breeders who skirt animal welfare laws by selling puppies over the Internet would face tighter scrutiny under a rule change proposed Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The change would subject dog owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies electronically, by mail or over the phone to the same oversight faced by wholesale dealers as part of the Animal Welfare Act.
That law, written in 1966, set standards of care for animals bred for commercial sale and research. Retail sales were exempt from inspections under the assumption that anyone who visited the store could see whether the animals appeared healthy and cared for.
The Internet opened a new venue for puppy sales, and thousands of large-scale breeders who advertise there have not been subject to oversight or inspection.
The proposed change seeks to close that loophole by ensuring that anyone who sells pets over the Internet, by phone or mail order can no longer do so sight-unseen. Sellers either must open their doors to the public so buyers can see the animals before they purchase them, or obtain a license and be subject to inspections by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
"We feel this is certainly a much-needed change to an outdated system," said Rebecca Blue, deputy undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs.
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That is the big push.
They want to regulate speech. Badly.
Is this a federal responsibility? Or state? or county? or city?
That’s because AP is copyrighted material and should be excerpted.
Well there are already state puppy lemon laws and regulations, sometimes county regulations too. This would be in addition to it, so a person could be legal in their municipality/county/state but be illegal federally.
I understand that, I only mentioned it so that people would know there’s more to the article, not saying it in a bad way :)
Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper in the long run if government just did everything and decided everything from one central location?
You know, kinda' like cutting out the middleman?
So it won’t affect backyard breeders. And those are the ones in Amish country that need to be shut down. Stacks upon stacks of caged females having puppies over and over.
Wrong. It will affect more than just the Amish. You do realize that there are already state laws in place for puppy mills, right? I will give you an example. Someone that may want to show their dogs and have, let’s say, 5 females. That doesn’t necessarily mean they breed all their dogs at one time, but that they are intact. They may have two litters a year, because the number of litters are not specified, only the number of dogs. If they take a deposit OR ship their puppies (because people are purchasing them wtihout physically seeing them first), they would also need to be inspected by the APHIS OR only sell to people who will come to their residence. Unfortunately, this is not about animals, but control.
I used to work at USDA. It’s full of retards.
After watching Animal Planet’s ‘Houston SPCA’ and checking Petfinders - it’s clear that the animal rescue centers are making a fortune by closing down puppy mills & confiscating abused animals, with the assistance of law enforcement.
Their adoption fees are equal or greater than pet shops and abusive breeders. Because of the mandatory spaying - owners of rescue dogs have no option to continue a pedigree line from their pets.
Plus their write-offs and donations.
This will have the effect of taking out many rare dog breeds. Breeders have a pair or 2 who do it out of dedication will just quit rather than risk a federal prosecution. So in the end more dogs will be gone....wait a minute what part of the world considers dogs to be vermin....right! that’s the muslim world, this is creeping SHARIA!!!!!! slow but sure
Oh for pete’s sake!
Exactly, it will impact people who may not necessarily be large-scale breeders but have breeding dogs. It will impact me, I have German Shepherds, I only have one or two litters a year. As a default, if you ship your puppies (I do not), you would automatically have to be inspected. This will cause bloodlines to be fixated in certain areas, you would never have diversity, unless a person wishes to allow inspections. From glancing over at what they have outlined on the website, it looks above and beyond any state regulations.
They think puppies are "agriculture", so they can't be too bright.
OK - cool beans.