USDA Rule Closes Loophole for Internet Sellers

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USDA Announces Rule to Close the Loophole for Internet Dog Breeders.

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The federal Animal Welfare Act enacted in 1966 did not factor in the sale of animals online or through newspaper ads. As a result, breeders who have been selling animals directly to the public via these outlets have been able to evade the regulations required by the AWA and enforced by the USDA.

The tens of thousands of dogs suffering in substandard, overcrowded breeding operations both large and small lacking vet care, exercise and forced to breed with painful conditions will finally get the protection they deserve.

Thousands of puppies are sold online each year via the internet and shipped to consumers. These breeders sell directly to the public through “clearing houses” or beautiful websites that disquise and mislead. Before this rule change, only breeders selling animals to pet stores had to be regulated, and breeders selling directly to the public did not. There has been a migration to internet sales in the past years because of this as it is easier to sell dogs online and escape oversight. This rule change went into effect in September 2013. help with assignment

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