New laws passed regarding breeders
USDA Cracks Down on Internet Pet Sales - ABC News
I'm curious how everyone feels about this.
I support the rule change.
Here is some more information:
Horrible, personally. Another instance of the 'good guys' being hurt by legislation targeted (legitimately) at 'bad guys'. And unfortunately, the baddies are still going to keep trucking on regardless.
If breeders did all their sales in-state or required home visits it would really change the way bloodlines are distributed. I know I'm game to drive up to Washington to pick up a pup, but not everybody is that crazy.
Nope, not in support whatsoever. It won't change how the millers operate, and cause problems for the good responsible breeders that know what they are doing.
Before this thread turns into a laundry list of assumptions about the impact of the rule change, please read the above link to the APHIS Factsheet.
I have no problem with people having a different opinion than my own, but I do think it makes for better discussion when those opinions are based on actual facts versus fears.
We know how you feel, LifeofRiley, and wy do you assume anyone is posting their opinion not based on fact?
The rule change that went into effect is different from the PUPS Act. The PUPS Act is still pending in Congress as far as I know.
I read the fact sheet but it didn't seem materially different from what was discussed in the other thread. The details are different but the broad outlines of the argument seem to be about the same. Correct me if I'm wrong, though, I might well have overlooked something.
The goal is the same - to provide some oversight to high-volume commercial breeders that sell directly to the public vs. through a pet store.
But, as you mention, the details are different. And, since it was the details of the PUPS Act that had many up in arms, I think it is important that they read the actual rule before passing judgement.
This part of it is left up for interpretation..it just brings more confusion because some of the Amish puppy millers will no doubt say they are breeding working dogs.
Q. Does this fi nal rule bring working dogs sold at
retail under regulation?
A. Working dogs are generally understood to be dogs
that are not sold for use as pets but for purposes such
as hunting, breeding, and security. Dogs sold at retail
for these purposes do not come under regulation
under the AWA.
Q. Will APHIS require working dog breeders to be
regulated if they occasionally sell an animal as a
pet that has proved unsuitable as a working dog
due to birth defects, poor temperament, or other
A. Individuals who intend to breed and sell dogs at
retail as working dogs may occasionally raise a dog
that lacks the characteristics that would enable it to be
sold or used for its intended working purpose. As long
as the individual originally intended to raise and sell
the dog at retail for that purpose and the individual
continues to market his or her dogs for that purpose,
the individual could sell the individual dog at retail
without needing to be regulated by APHIS.
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