The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for licensing commercial dog breeders and enforcing the minimum standards of care outlined in the Animal Welfare Act. Yet the standards haven’t been meaningfully updated in nearly 50 years. It’s been three years since the ASPCA filed a formal petition with the USDA proposing commonsense improvements to the current standards. We have received no response. How many more dogs will suffer while the agency continues to fail them?
The current regulations are so weak that breeders can legally keep dogs in tiny, stacked cages with wire floors that injure their paws and legs. Continual access to water is not required, nor is any form of exercise or socialization. Mother dogs can be bred at every heat cycle with no recovery time between litters. Breeders aren’t even required to provide hands-on veterinary care.
Most people agree that these standards are far from humane and allow severe mistreatment of puppies and their parents. While we work to eliminate cruel breeding facilities (a.k.a. puppy mills) for good, we’re also taking immediate action to demand higher animal care standards.
You can read the petition here [PDF] and here [PDF].
What You Can Do
Please use the form below to email the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and demand long-overdue, improved dog care standards for USDA-licensed breeders. Together we can fight for thousands of dogs trapped in cruel breeding facilities to be treated more humanely. Thank you for speaking up for dogs who can’t speak for themselves.