The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has closed a loophole in regulating puppy mills. The revised ruling will now regulate the sale of puppies over the Internet or through newspaper ads.
Prior to adopting the ruling, people selling over the Internet or through newspaper ads could claim to be pet stores, which are exempt from the standards of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). However, now those so-called stores are no longer exempt and must meet the standards set forth in the AWA.
Puppy mills are nothing more than breeding grounds for disease, despair, and death. Until we stop buying puppies from millers, we will need to be vigilant in protecting the puppies and their parents living in these mills.
Take Action: NEVER purchase a pet over the Internet or through a newspaper ad unless you are able to visit the breeder who is offering the animal for sale. Make sure you are able to meet at least the mother of the animal if not the father as well. Additionally, NEVER purchase an animal from a pet store. Adopt your next companion animal. Rescue him or her from a shelter or nonprofit rescue group. If you’re looking for a specific breed of dog, breed rescue groups exist for almost all pure bred dogs; so you never have to shop if you want a specific breed.