Federal Issue Brief

 H.R. 835/S. 707 Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act

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AVMA Position:

Support

Summary:

The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act would amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to require licensing and inspection of dog breeders who sell directly to the public and who sell more than 50 dogs per year; and require that dogs in commercial breeding facilities have appropriate space and opportunity for daily exercise. 

Status:

S. 707: Introduced on March 31, 2011 and referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; H.R. 835 : Introduced on February 28, 2011 and referred to the House Committee on Agriculture, on March 9, 2011 referred to the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry

Justification:

  • H.R. 835/S. 707 would close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that currently exempts larger breeders selling directly to the public from USDA inspection and licensing requirements. This loophole that was cited in a recent USDA Office of the Inspector General Report critical of USDA enforcement activities related to the Animal Welfare Act and was stipulated to be addressed.
  • The exercise language in PUPS is performance-based and consistent with the AVMA's Model Bill and Regulations to Assure Appropriate Care for Dogs Intended for Use as Pets.
  • USDA APHIS Animal Care has already begun to promulgate regulations responding to the requirements in the PUPS Act for licensing and inspection of dog breeders who sell more than 50 dogs per year directly to the public. These regulations are expected to be open for public comment in the fall of 2011.

AVMA Contact:

Dr. Whitney L. Miller, Assistant Director, AVMA Governmental Relations at 202-289-3211.