AM News Pack: Federal PUPS Act and update on NC budget cut for animal-welfare division

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Veterinary Practice News offered an update Thursday on the PUPS Act (Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act). We haven’t heard much of late about this proposed legislation.

If passed into law, this legislation would amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by requiring “high volume retail breeders” to be federally licensed and regularly inspected. It seems basically the regulations would apply to any breeder sells more than 50 puppies each year by Internet, telephone or newspaper.

The bill also includes new requirements for regular exercise. And the Veterinary Practice News article notes the PUPS Act “will address a loophole that allows large breeders to evade federal animal welfare laws by selling dogs directly to the public over the Internet.”

This one is a no-brainer and needed be enacted long ago. I can only imagine that the typical opponents are lining up to block this legislation. But I hope somehow this is the year for the legislation to make its way through the full process.

The article also reports the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (oh boy) is against the new regulations because this group claims the Animal Welfare Act was never intended to apply to “non-commercial breeders or traditional retail pet stores”

WHAT? … What kind of twisted logic is that? Animal welfare should cover animal welfare and retail pet stores are a huge problem when it comes to puppy-mill breeding.

And NBC 17 out of North Carolina has posted an update on proposed budgets cuts that could all but eliminate the state’s very important Animal Welfare Division, operated through the NC Department of Agriculture.

NBC 17 reports one individual would remain in the department to oversee spay and neuter programs.

Kim Alboum, North Carolina director of the Humane Society of the US is quoted as saying – “If the Animal Welfare Section is eliminated there will be no oversight whatsoever over our shelters, kennels, pet stores or large rescue groups.”