Please read the previous post from KODA and donate what you can. We are at a critical point with the lawsuit.
On July 22 AKC released the following:
USDA Continues to Implement & Enforce New Pet Breeder Requirements
It’s been more than six months since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) began implementing new federal regulations that narrow the definition of “retail pet store”. Prior to this rule change, most small/hobby breeders were considered by the USDA to be retail pet stores and thus exempt from licensing and regulation under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
Although clarifications to some aspects of the regulation are still pending, breeders should be aware that the USDA is enforcing new regulations that require some previously exempt breeders to now become licensed by USDA as pet dealers.
The American Kennel Club expects responsible breeders to know, understand and obey the laws to which they are subject, and recommends that anyone who has questions about whether they are subject to the licensing contact USDA APHIS directly at (301) 851-3751.
— Own more than four intact bitches, and
— Ever ship puppies or otherwise sell them unseen, and
— Do not have a USDA license,
you are now in violation of federal law. And USDA is enforcing that law.
Although AKC still says it is “seeking clarifications” of some definitions, the only organized opposition to this USDA regulation is the KODA lawsuit seeking to overturn it.
Without immediate donations the lawsuit may not progress any further. Please donate what you can as individuals and as clubs. Go to the
for more information about the case and about donating. Every dollar helps.