With pressure from Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Doris Day Animal League, and no help from Congress, the Agriculture Department announced yesterady they adopted new rules forcing on-line puppy sellers to follow the same regulations as traditional puppy sellers.
The breeders who sell over the internet did not have to be licensed, since they were considered retailers, the same as pet stores in malls. Therefore the breeders’ facilities could not be inspected, or meet the same standards as the brick and mortar breeders’ do. The new rules change that.
Congress has had a proposed law trying to end the internet loop-hole for two sessions. Last year, the bill, Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act, died in committee in both houses. This year the same bill was doomed to committees again with little chance of making it to the floor for a vote. The Senate sent it to the “Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry” in February; the House sent their bill to the Agriculture sub-committee of “Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit” in March. You can read more about the PUPs act in earlier New NY 23rd articles, here and here.
It would seem that Congress could agree on a bill that would treat on-line sellers the same as those who sell in person–but don’t forget that federal law does not require background checks for weapons being sold on the internet, either.
Neither must not to be a high priority. This is the same congress who can not pass a Farm Bill in two years, has not dealt with the sequester fiasco, and spends its time trying debating the best way to shut down the government. It can spend time and money on voting to repeal Obamacare, but can not take the time to discuss the PUPS Act.
We deserve better representatives.
- Feds to close Internet puppy mill loophole, crack down on online dog sellers (pennlive.com)
- U.S. cracks down on Internet pet sales in bid to stop puppy mills (theprovince.com)
- USDA Announces Landmark Rule to Crack Down on Online Puppy Mills (telania.wordpress.com)
- USDA Preempts Congress, Enacts Online Pet-Dealing Rules (usnews.com)