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Support USDA's Positive Proposals For Puppies

From The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals
May 8, 2003:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put forth a positive rule change proposal for puppy mills and commercial dog breeders. This proposed regulation would require research facilities, dealers and exhibitors to keep more detailed medical records for each dog in their care, including a description of any health problems and a record of routine vaccinations and health screenings.

The rule would also require a copy of these records to be sent along with each dog after they are sold and shipped off to their new destinations. Not surprisingly, because of the perceived inconvenience this responsibility might bring, breeders are vehemently opposing these regulations. However, animals' health and welfare should take precedence over convenience, especially in the dog breeding business. Keeping these records is certainly fundamental to maintaining adequate veterinary care.

Submit your comments in support of the proposed puppy regulations to the USDA by June 10, 2003. (If you send your comments via postal mail, four copies need to be submitted.)

Docket No. 97-033-1
Regulatory Analysis and Development
PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238 (put "Docket No. 97-033-1" in the Subject line.)

See the USDA press release on the proposed regs at: