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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

USDA Puts The Kibosh On Internet Puppy Sales!

  Agriculture Department inspection of a dog kennel in Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of the AP.

The Agriculture Department announced just today, that new rules in the works for over a year, will take effect regulating certain dog breeders. These new rules "would subject dog owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies online, by mail or over the phone to the same oversight faced by wholesale animal breeders." The rules will ensure that "either government inspectors or buyers see the animals with their own eyes before they are sold."

In a nutshell, these new rules will require breeders over a certain size to be much more transparent about what they're selling, which we agree is a hugely positive step in regulating the sale of puppy mills. What we can't understand is why there was and continues to be such a lucrative market for plucking animals off the Internet-basically sight unseen.  How can people pay hundreds and frequently thousands of dollars for puppies or kittens they've never met in person-let alone meeting and assessing the parents of those pups-rescue and adoption aside, of course.

Let us know what you think...


Unknown said...

We have just one word to say....good. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Unknown said...

It's about time, I say!

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

I'm worried about the law. It's a very slippery slope. Obviously I'm against large scale breeding operations and puppy mills. But the fine print sounds very much like entrapment.

My next dog likely will be bought online, sight unseen. I know the breeder (there are three possibilities but I've met them all and the dogs in person) and two of them are on the west coast. I COULD drive cross country and drive back with the puppy, or I could have the puppy shipped. There is such a miniscule population of what exactly I'm looking for, there are no possibilities within 800 miles of me. Literally.

And yes I know I could always adopt - Layla is my first non-rescue and I will always continue to rescue as well.

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