I received the following letter today from the ASPCA regarding Puppy Mills. Unless you’ve actually seen one of these deplorable places, you can have no idea of the living condition of the dogs — many, many dogs crammed into small areas (ungroomed and unbathed, of course), filthy, stinking cages or kennels, little or no exercise, etc. The goal — the ONLY goal — is to produce and sell as many puppies as possible. Quality of life is not a consideration at all, and as long as we “look the other way” life is unlikely to change for these helpless creatures.
Take a minute to read the short letter, and then hop on the Internet and visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to e-mail your senators and representatives, urging them to support and co-sponsor the PUPS Act. Here’s the link: https://secure2.convio.net/aspca/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2727&JServSessionIdr004=v10s2p7pv3.app226b
Dear Animal Advocates,
As you may already know, there is a large loophole in the federal law concerning USDA oversight of large-scale commercial dog breeders (known as “puppy mills”). Currently, breeders who sell to brokers and pet stores have to be licensed by the USDA, while those who sell puppies directly to the public do not.
Introduced in Congress in late May, a bill called the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act will bring all commercial dog breeders in the United States under federal oversight by requiring any breeder who sells or offers to sell more than 50 dogs annually to the public—including over the Internet—to be licensed and inspected. The bill will also require all licensed breeders to exercise every dog daily.
The PUPS Act is extremely important humane legislation that will improve the lives of thousands of dogs across the country. We hope we can count on your support to help us get it passed.
What You Can Do
Now more than ever, it is vital that members of Congress hear that puppy mill reform is important to their constituents. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to email your senators and representative to urge them to support and cosponsor the PUPS Act.
Thank you for your continued support of the ASPCA and our nation’s animals!