USDA Imposes Health and Age Requirements On Puppies Entering U.S. For Commercial Sale

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To the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for increasing restrictions on live canine imports into the United States.

The USDA now requires age limits and vaccinations for puppies imported into the United States for sale.

The USDA now requires an age minimum and proof of current vaccinations for puppies being imported into the U.S. for sale in the pet trade.

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.

 

 

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