PUPS Needs Support

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The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act, HR 835, known as the PUPS Act, is designed to protect puppies in large scale breeding operations. The legislation has been sent to the House Agricultural Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. Contact your representative to urge him or her to support this bill. You can also write the leadership of the subcommittee urging them to report favorably on the legislation to the full committee and then to the full House for a vote this legislative session. The creation and enactment of laws pertaining to animal protection are of the utmost.

Large scale breeding operations focus on the bottom line and not on the health and welfare of the animals they are breeding. Therefore, many of the following conditions prevail in these commercial operations:

  • The animals may live in wire cages where their paws become attached to the wire.
  • They often have little protection from all types of weather.
  • These cages are often stacked one on top of another, allowing urine and feces from the upper cages to drop down onto the animals in the lower cages.
  • The longer the animals live in these cages, the more likely they will develop psychological behaviors known as stereotypies, such as obsessive licking and chewing to the point of tearing their skin.
  • Many animals live their entire lives in these cages, never seeing the sun or touching the ground. Needless to say, they get no exercise.
  • The animals are bred over and over again until they are no longer capable of reproducing and then they are often euthanized—sometimes with a bullet through the head—or sent off to research laboratories.

The Honorable Thomas J. Rooney
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
1529 Longworth Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Dennis A. Cardoza
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
2437 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515

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