USDA Takes Public Comments on Puppy Mills

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is accepting comments until October 31, 2011, regarding Docket No. APHIS-2009-0053, which relates to the importation of puppies from foreign puppy mills for resale in this country.

Puppy mills in our own country are a considerable problem and need better oversight management, as indicated in a recent USDA Inspector General’s report . Adding imported puppies to an already overburdened animal welfare system further compounds problems for public agencies and private shelters that most likely will wind up with many unwanted puppies. It also promotes the creation of puppy mills in other countries, including China and Mexico and countries of Eastern Europe.

Please write a letter to the APHIS administrator voicing your opinion on this very important companion animal issue or go to the APHIS website www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2009-0053 to leave your comments.

Dr. Gregory Parham
Administrator, APHIS
Docket No. APHIS-2009-0053
Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS
Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road, Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238
Tele. No.: 301-734-7833
E-mail: ace@aphis.usda.gov

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