In September 2014, APHIS amended the Animal Welfare Act to increase health requirements of canines entering the U.S. from for the purpose of commercial resale in the pet trade. Under this amendment, all dogs entering the U.S. border for sale in the pet trade must be up-to-date on vaccines, at least 6 months of age and in good health.
Previously, thousands of young puppies from as far away as South Korea were coming into the U.S. without these vital health and safety requirements. Young puppies may be popular with consumers, but they are also immunologically vulnerable and may only be partially weaned. At the very least, this amendment will help safeguard the health and well-being of animals in transit and could possibly even reduce the influx of puppy mill “inventory” into the U.S.
Take Action: Contact the USDA to express your support of tighter regulations on the international pet trade and approval of this amendment.