Although difficult to precisely define, puppy mills are large-scale, low-overhead breeding operations where profit is given priority over the welfare of the animals. Nearly all pet store dogs come from puppy mills. These puppies are covered under the Animal Welfare Act but its standards provide only minimum survival conditions for these animals, and enforcement is sorely lacking. Also, these protections only apply to puppy wholesalers, not to the considerable number of facilities selling online or directly to the public. Only about half our states have laws to protect against puppy mill abuse and cruelty. These animals often live in cramped, unsanitary cages without veterinary care, climate control or daily exercise, while being forced to produce as many offspring as possible.
S.395 & H.R.847- Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act
I oppose reforming current puppy mill policy and wish to defeat S.395 & H.R.847
I support requiring puppy mill facilities to provide daily exercise for dogs that allow these animals to move sufficiently in a way that is not forced, repetitive, or restrictive, in an area that is spacious, cleaned at least once a day, free of infestation by pests or vermin, and designed to prevent the dogs from escaping, and wish to pass S.395 & H.R.847