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Thank you to all who signed! September marked a historic month in the long struggle against puppy mills as the USDA finally tightened federal regulation for online retailers. The new rules promise to reign in puppy mill profiteers with licenses and inspections. The rules will apply to any breeder with four or more breeding females, with the protections extending to cats and rabbits as well. You can continue to support the struggle against puppy mills by checking "more about this issue."
Final signature count: 45,642
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The online market is a dangerous place for puppies. That's because through this medium, puppy mill operators and uncertified breeders sell puppies that have been bred solely for rapid sale. This often means the dogs have been raised in horrible conditions, in facilities that don't live up to even basic welfare standards.

The puppy mill operators run these businesses without having to meet any federal regulations and without being subject to oversight.

Write to the Secretary of Agriculture asking that the USDA start cracking down on the online puppy mill business.

Dear Secretary Vilsack:

With the help of modern technology, it's easier than ever for uncertified puppy mill operators to participate in the unethical commerce of puppies.

Breeders are mass-breeding puppies in sub-par conditions and then selling them as rapidly as possible. The dogs are raised among countless other dogs, among feces and in tiny cages.

I need your help to stop this cruelty. These breeders are completely ignoring the health of the dogs in favor of profit alone.

Your department's own internal audit recognized the inadequacies and anachronisms of the 1966 Animal Welfare Act, which did not anticipate today's Internet marketplace. It is time to act on the proposed changes and subject online dealers to the same federal regulations and inspections as brick-and-mortar establishments.

Please continue the crusade against puppy mills by eradicating the online puppy mill trade once and for all!

Petition Signatures


Sep 30, 2013 Amber Phillipps
Sep 30, 2013 Soledad Roldán
Sep 30, 2013 Sarah Salter
Sep 30, 2013 Pat Spadafora
Sep 30, 2013 Ekaterina Volkava
Sep 30, 2013 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2013 maria almeida
Sep 30, 2013 Elizabeth Patton
Sep 30, 2013 Katherine Hutchins
Sep 30, 2013 Leslie Collins
Sep 30, 2013 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2013 Shannon Crudele
Sep 30, 2013 kimberly greene
Sep 30, 2013 Suzan Ward
Sep 30, 2013 Kathleen Backus
Sep 30, 2013 Laurie Marty
Sep 30, 2013 Susan Mitchell
Sep 30, 2013 Henna Kevin
Sep 30, 2013 jen kumar
Sep 30, 2013 Laneeta Barnhouse
Sep 30, 2013 Chris Thomas Breeders kill shelter dogs.
Sep 30, 2013 astrid suchanek
Sep 29, 2013 Pam DeLitta
Sep 29, 2013 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2013 Doris Eva Maria Bulenda
Sep 29, 2013 Marybeth Tepper This country NO LONGER NEEDS PUPPY MILLS. When over 5 millions animals are put to sleep each year because there are not enough homes then there is an immediate needs to put this so called breeders out of business now!!!!
Sep 29, 2013 Joey Lynn
Sep 29, 2013 Mickey Lester
Sep 28, 2013 Nolene Metzger
Sep 28, 2013 Laurie Coury
Sep 28, 2013 charles li Shelter animals are the best and give yourself a chance.
Sep 27, 2013 Nadine OHearn
Sep 27, 2013 Laurie McIntosh
Sep 27, 2013 stephanie harper
Sep 27, 2013 sylve carpentier
Sep 27, 2013 Shannon Griffin
Sep 27, 2013 mar valecic
Sep 26, 2013 Mariam Trubitsyn
Sep 25, 2013 jeanne forman
Sep 25, 2013 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2013 April D
Sep 25, 2013 julie alger please stop this from happening! There would be less animals
Sep 25, 2013 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2013 Amy Heicher
Sep 25, 2013 Pat Stanton
Sep 25, 2013 Monique Greffe
Sep 25, 2013 (Name not displayed)
Sep 24, 2013 RUSSELL RICHARD
Sep 24, 2013 Gwendolyn Yarbrough
Sep 24, 2013 Katelynn Vargas

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