The most serious threat to home breeding in the history of the United States is creeping towards its conclusion. We’re referring, of course, to the proposed new regulations from APHIS. If you don’t know what this is all about, please see our section about it on this site. Note that the APHIS fact sheet was rewritten to address our concerns, but nothing in the proposed rules has changed. The statements in the fact sheet are simply not true in light of what is being proposed.
The comment period was extended to August 15th. Intelligent, thoughtful comments and asking for help from our congressmen are the only ways we will be able to stop this animal rights-inspired attack on our way of life and our dogs. Please take the following steps.
1. Leave a comment on the federal register site. http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0003-0001 This is critical. You can leave as many as you want. Make it personal and comment on as many problems as you see with the proposed regulations. You can find some ideas and talking points at the SAOVA site. http://saova.org/APHIS_comments.html
2. Contact your senators and congressmen and ask for an investigation of this rulemaking procedure. There’s a handy way to do this at The Cavalry Group’s site. http://the-cavalry-group.rallycongress.com/6980/urge-congress-take-action-to-support-cavalry-group-mission/?src=widget Fill in your zip code in the space at the bottom of the page. If it brings you back to the same page, just click on CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTORY at the top of the page and you’ll be able to find your legislators’ names and addresses/
Points to make
a) No studies were done to determine the need for this change.
b) The financial impact statement is seriously out of touch — by a factor of about 1000 percent.
c) The regulations will necessarily be selectively enforced in an arbitrary and capricious manner, as APHIS has admitted they do not have the staff or budget to enforce them across the board,
d) Hardest hit by these regulations will not be the “puppy mills” APHIS claims it is trying to regulate, but small hobby breeders who breed one or two litters a year in their homes and seldom, if ever, make a profit. Most of us will probably stop breeding within a year or two of these regulations going into effect, leaving only the large, commercial breeders as a source of puppies.
This is not a bill and does not need to pass Congress to become law, It was created by APHIS (part of USDA) and they will make the decision to put it into effect as written, revise it, or completely withdraw it. We do not believe it can be revised to be effective and fair. As under most animal rights laws, the animals will not be helped and the people who will suffer are the law-abiding citizens. Bad breeders will continue just as they have before. We have the laws to stop them, those laws simply have to be enforced.