Help crackdown on the worst puppy mills and roadside zoos!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a new rule that would crack down on the worst puppy mills and roadside zoos. The proposed rule closes a loophole that allows breeders and exhibitors to do business as usual after their federal licenses have been revoked, by relicensing under a family member’s name. The rule also proposes enhanced veterinary care for dogs held by dealers, exhibitors and research facilities, requires businesses to disclose any animal cruelty convictions before they can obtain a license, and it will prevent those who keep exotic animals as pets from obtaining an exhibitor license to skirt local laws that restrict the private ownership of dangerous wild animals. While these are much needed improvements, USDA should require more humane environments for dogs at dealers by prohibiting wire flooring and cage stacking—both of which can lead to injuries for dogs and their puppies. This rule should also double the required amount of space in each cage.

This rule has the potential to improve the lives of tens of thousands of animals now languishing in the squalor of puppy mills and roadside zoos and we need to let the USDA know we support it. We also need to let them know that we want this rule to go farther by securing more improvements for dogs.

The public has an opportunity to voice our support for this proposal. Please use the form below to submit a comment to USDA expressing your support for this proposed rule.

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Dear Secretary Perdue,

I support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule that will strengthen veterinary care standards for dogs at AWA regulated facilities like having hands-on veterinary exams and lifesaving vaccinations. This proposed rule will also require breeders and exhibitors to pass an inspection to ensure they are taking care of their animals before they are granted a license rather than automatically having their license renewed. It will also strengthen animal welfare regulations to ensure dogs and cats have regular access to fresh water. I also urge USDA to include more improvements to animal welfare in this rule by prohibiting wire flooring and cage stacking and doubling the required amount of space in each cage.

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