There is a loophole in the animal welfare legislation that allows puppy mills to go without inspection and license if they sell puppies online. This means that puppy mills can continue to operate and mistreat the dogs in their care.
This past May, 3 Senators introduced the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS) to bring all commercial dog breeders under federal oversight. Passage of this act would improve the lives of thousands of dogs and save them from a life of suffering at the hands of the commercial breeding industry.
Contact your Senator and Congressman to tell them to co-sponsor the bill, bringing it closer to becoming national law.
Current co-sponsors of the bill are:
- Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] – 7/28/2010
- Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] – 7/15/2010
- Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT] – 7/15/2010
- Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] – 6/28/2010
- Sen Murray, Patty [WA] – 7/12/2010
- Sen Vitter, David [LA] – 5/25/2010
- Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] – 7/15/2010
- Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] – 5/26/2010
You can also contact all members of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry and urge them to support the bill.