End Inhumane Import of Young Puppies

Puppies

Target: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Goal: Demand that the U.S. Department of Agriculture enforce an existing law that prohibits the inhumane import of young puppies to the United States

For years, the United States has allowed the cruel import of weeks-old puppies despite a federal law prohibiting it. Many puppies arrive sick, dying, or dead as a result of long journeys without food or water and other deplorable travel conditions. It is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enforce the law that was created to protect these puppies and end inhumane imports.

Every year, thousands of puppies are shipped as cargo after being cruelly ripped from their mothers at a very young age. Puppies require extra care and need to be fed multiple times per day, but imported puppies are forced to endure long journeys without food, water or care. Many puppies are also exposed to extreme temperatures and cramped shipping conditions. Their immune systems are already fragile because of their age and they often don’t receive necessary vaccinations, making them especially prone to contracting diseases which are then brought into the country.

For all of these reasons, Congress added an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act in 2008 prohibiting the importation of puppies into the U.S. unless they are at least six months of age, in good health and fully vaccinated. However, in the six years following the passage of the amendment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has continuously failed to enforce the law. Denounce the department’s complicity with illegal imports and demand that they begin enforcing the law immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Vilsack,

I was shocked to learn that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has continuously allowed the inhumane importation of weeks-old puppies despite a federal law prohibiting this practice. Countless puppies arrive in the U.S. sick, dying, or dead because of unacceptable travel conditions. It is the department’s responsibility to enforce the law Congress created to protect these puppies.

Imported puppies endure exposure to extreme temperatures, cramped shipping conditions and long periods of time without food, water, or care. They already have weak immune systems because of their age and many are not given proper vaccinations, making them especially prone to contracting diseases. These diseases are then brought into the U.S., risking the health of the people and other animals with whom the puppies come in contact.

A 2008 amendment to the Animal Welfare Act requires imported puppies be at least six months of age, in good health, and fully vaccinated, but in the six years since its passage the U.S. Department of Agriculture has failed to enforce the law. I am extremely disappointed in the department’s complicity with illegal and inhumane puppy imports and strongly urge you to immediately begin enforcement of the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. renee jeanine ragno says:

    seriously people?!! and we’re supposed to be the more intelligent, humane of the species, high up on the chart?! With each action like this we prove how undeserving we are to be allowed to go on making decisions, taking actions that are cruel, inhuman, sadistic affecting innocent helpless lives who can’t speak for themselves.

    its time to STOP the madness!!!!! Boycott, don’t do business, protest!!!!!

  2. Rosemary Anderson says:

    This is a disgrace, get your act together and police this properly stop this cruel barbaric abuse of animals now. Shame on all ionvolved especially those that look the other way.

  3. THIS WICKED CRUEL BUSINESS HAS GOT TO BE STOPPED, THE LAW MUST BE ENFORCED & OVERSEEN BY VERY RESPONSIBLE CARING & KIND PEOPLE… THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE WHEN THE LAW WAS INTRODUCED SO THIS IS VERY URGENT OT ACT RIGHT NOW…

  4. HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to future generations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED INHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD LOCK SEPARATED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN AN INHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTER HUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRA CHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTURE GENERATIONS!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED SOCIETIES.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with human beings

    RESPONSIBLES DO NOT HAVE TO RIGHT TO BE CALLED “HUMAN” – THIS
    CONSTITUTE A DELIBERATE INSULT FOR ALL OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.

    I WISH ALL KILLERS AND ABUSERS, ASSHOLES, A VIRUS WHICH CLEAR THEM AWAY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

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