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House Farm Bill Promotes Commercial Dog Breeding

Paws Down!
May 22, 2018

To proponents of the House Farm Bill that would stop U.S. states from passing laws barring the sale of commercially-bred puppies.

According to a recent news article, the U.S. House of Representatives have included an amendment in the bill written by

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) that would bar states from creating laws that would regulate agricultural products (i.e. puppies) manufactured (i.e. bred) or offered for sale in other states. For instance, California and Maryland recently passed laws restricting the sale of puppies and kittens born in large-scale, commercial breeding operations. Puppies offered for sale may have been transported from puppy mills anywhere in the U.S. If passed, the Farm Bill would stop states from outlawing the sale animals bred in inhumane conditions.

Take action. U.S. residents, contact your representatives and urge them to remove Rep. Steve King’s amendment from the farm bill. Feel free to use NHES’ sample action letter below.

Puppy mills maximize profits by minimizing expenses, at the ultimate expense of the animals they breed.

Re: Remove Rep. Steve King’s amendment to farm bill

Dear Representative [Last Name],

I am writing you to respectfully urge you to vote against aspects of the farm bill that promote large-scale commercial dog breeding. Particularly, I humbly ask that you advocate for the removal of GOP Rep. Steve Kings’ amendment that would preempt states from passing laws that ban or restrict the sale of puppies bred in puppy mills.

Unfortunately, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), enforced by the USDA-APHIS, is the only federal law that stipulates standards of care for dogs and puppies in large scale puppy farms. Even licensed, USDA-inspected breeding operations can fit the definition of what many of us would consider a puppy mill. For example, the AWA allows breeders to keep dogs stacked in cages with only 6 inches of space on either side of the animal and there are no limitations on how many times a female can be bred. For the residents and leaders of many states, this is not acceptable. California and Maryland, and the leaders of many U.S. cities have already banned the sale of mass-bred puppies. The Farm Bill should not preempt state governments from passing laws to restrict the sales of animals bred in inhumane conditions. Thank you for considering my thoughts.


[Your Name]
[Your Address]


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