Sequester performs at 11:59 p.m. Friday night, but on Wednesday House and Senate lawmakers found time to reintroduce a bill that would establish regulations for dog breeders who sell animals online.
The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act, known as the “PUPS Act,” would require Internet breeders who sell more than 50 puppies a year to be licensed and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Under the bill, dogs used for breeding should be given the opportunity to exercise for 60 minutes a day, according to a press release issued by the Humane Society.
The law would close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act 1966 that allows breeders who currently sell puppies online to avoid provisions in the law that affect physical pet stores.
“I applaud the work of the USDA to close the loopholes that unscrupulous breeders have exploited with internet sales, and the PUPS law introduced by Senator Durbin and I will help ensure that puppies are treated humanely and raised in safe and sanitary facilities,” Republican Louisiana Sen. David Vitter said. in a report.
The co-sponsor is Senate Democrat No. 2 Dick Durbin of Illinois.
In the House, Republican Representatives Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania and Bill Young of Florida are sponsoring the bill along with Democratic Representatives of California Lois Capps and Sam Farr.
The internet breach “has led to widespread abuse of dogs on farms,” Farr said in a statement. “Leaving dogs crammed into small cages without exercise or social contact goes against our humanity.”
“This legislation will ensure that dogs are protected and people who put profit before the fair and humane treatment of dogs will be held accountable for their actions,” Gerlach added.
Acquiring a dealer license from the USDA requires an inspection and payment of an annual fee of $30 to $750.
“Failure to obtain a license or register is a punishable violation,” advises the USDA.
The 2009 edition of the Animal Welfare Act allows the USDA to suspend a licensee’s right to do business for 21 days if there is reason to suspect a violation. If a violation has been found, the license may be suspended for an additional term or revoked.
A violation of the law also carries a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per violation. “Each offense and each day that an offense continues constitutes a separate offense,” the law decrees. The 2009 edition increased the civil penalty from $25,000 to $10,000 per violation.
The current Animal Welfare Act delegates most rules to the USDA. A 2012 USDA fact sheet specifies rules governing lighting, feeding, record keeping, sanitation, pest control, and other issues.
Criminal penalties for violators can result in one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
According to a fact sheet available online, the USDA states that “inspectors always have the option of inspecting [facilities] as often as they deem necessary and resources permit; they also follow up on legitimate complaints from concerned citizens and organizations.”