PM News Topic: Puppy Mills

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Three interesting news stories popped up today on the Pack News Wire, under the heading of puppy mills.

ONE – The federal bill H.R. 835 – also known as the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS) could close a loophole in the old Animal Welfare Act from 1966. The current loophole means commercial breeders who sell directly to the public and over the Internet can avoid licensing and regulations that other breeders face.

If enacted, PUPS would require licensing and annual inspections for all dog breeders who annually sell more than 50 puppies directly to the public.

TWO – Protesters gathered Sunday outside a pet shop in Corona del Mar, Calif. The group was calling for the store to stop selling puppies the protesters say come from puppy-mill suppliers.

The point should also be made that quality breeders don’t sell puppies like they’re DVD players. Quality breeders council the prospective buyers and have them fill out contracts.

But if people are stilling buying puppies from stores, it is a clear sign that we have to keep hammering away with the message that by far, THE best option is to adopt from a shelter or rescue organization.

I have proof beyond a doubt living at my house that rescue pets are the greatest pets on the planet.

THREE – A letter to the editor on the Lufkin Daily News website (out of Texas) calls for legislators (I’m guessing) to leave hobby breeders out of any new legislation to combat puppy mills.

But the writer also suggest she is selling puppies and that her dogs are well cared for. That’s good. If her dogs are well cared for and she allows them time for exercise and offers them quality food and housing, then she has nothing to fear from any proposed legislation I’ve read of late in any state – Texas or elsewhere.

The proposals usually call for annual inspections, better housing that allows the dogs room to move around, exercise time and regular veterinary care. Once again, I’m yet to read an editorial or letter or statements otherwise that offer a sound reason why these regulations are a bad thing.

The typically cry from those who oppose reasonable guidelines is that they follow the guidelines but they don’t want to be told to follow the guidelines. Sound pretty strange to me.