Federal Government Seeking Public Comment on Changing Regulations of Puppy Mills

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the Federal Government is soliciting public comment on potential revisions to the licensing requirements under their Animal Welfare Act regulations to promote compliance with the Act and strengthen existing safeguards that prevent any individual whose license has been suspended or revoked, or who has a history of noncompliance, from obtaining a license or working with regulated animals. They are soliciting public comment on these topics to help them consider ways to reduce regulatory burden and more efficiently ensure the sustained compliance of licensees with the Act.

Some of the proposed changes include 1. Establishing a firm expiration date for licenses (e.g., after a 3-5 year period), after which the licensee would once again be required to affirmatively demonstrate compliance before obtaining another license. 2. Requiring licensees to affirmatively demonstrate compliance when making noteworthy changes subsequent to the issuance of a license in regard to the number, type, or location of animals used in regulated activities. 3. Requiring license applicants to disclose any animal cruelty convictions or other violations of Federal, State, or local laws or regulations pertaining to animals;

You can read the printed version of the regulations at the link here. Public comments need to be submitted by October 23, 2017 at the same link.


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2 thoughts on “Federal Government Seeking Public Comment on Changing Regulations of Puppy Mills

  1. Elaine October 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply

    I live in Pennsylvania, the puppy mill capital ofthe USA and see the conditions these poor animals live in their feet never touch grass, they are prisoners in wire cages, no human contact. this has to stop.

  2. Charity Farrell October 20, 2017 at 8:58 pm Reply

    It’s a start, I would like to see an end of breeding until every shelter is empty. I would like to see a complete end to all puppy mills, back yard breeding and abuse!!! Thank you for taking a step in the right direction.

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