USDA Moves to Close Online Loophole for Puppy Mills

USDA Moves to Close Online Loophole for Puppy Mills

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to revise its definition of “retail pet store” to close a loophole that has threatened the health and humane treatment of pets sold sight unseen over the Internet and via phone- and mail-based businesses.  The original exception for retail pet stores was created under the premise that consumers who enter a physical store to buy their pet can see for themselves that the pets are treated in a humane and healthy way. The new rule would limit the exemption to places of business or residence that each buyer physically enters in order to personally observe the animals available for sale prior to purchase and/or to take custody of the animals after purchase, and where only certain animals are sold or offered for sale, at retail, for use as pets.

More Info:  USDA Release; SFSPCA The Reality of Puppy Mills.

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