Target: United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Goal: Stop import of dogs from foreign, unregulated puppy mills
Every year hundreds of thousands of puppies are shipped from overseas puppy mills for resale in U.S. pet stores and online. Kept in cramped cages and deported at only weeks old, these puppies often arrive disease ridden, sickly or dead. While mainland puppy mills are unfortunate places in and of themselves, puppy mills overseas are much worse. With no regulations or laws to protect dogs, foreign puppy mills take on a “whatever it takes” attitude to breeding, often administering painful C-sections, and engaging in forceful breeding tactics.
As a result of the lack of laws and regulations, many of the puppies that arrive from overseas puppy mills meet none of the U.S. regulation requirements, which state that puppies imported for resale must be in good health, have all vaccinations and be at least six months of age. Many of these dogs come from questionable sources, are raised in filthy and overcrowded conditions, and are taken from their mothers before they’re weaned and before their immune systems have had a chance to develop. Because of this, these puppies can even cause a threat to public health as they are susceptible to bringing new diseases to the U.S.
In 2008, a law was passed to protect dogs under six months from being imported into the United States as part of a Farm Bill spearheaded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bill was created due to an increasing demand for foreign, mixed breed puppies and concern about the number of sick and dying puppies being imported from overseas puppy mills. Almost six years since the introduction of the bill, the law has yet to be enforced. A recent statistic found that over 300,000 puppies are imported into the U.S. for resale, but every animal lover and pet owner should know that a truly responsible breeder wouldn’t make their puppies endure such hardship simply to earn a hefty profit.
Sign the petition to urge the USDA’s Secretary Tom Vilsack to implement the 2008 Farm Bill and stop the import of dogs from overseas puppy mills.
Dear Mr. Vilsack,
Hundreds of thousands of puppies endure incredible hardships at the hands of money hungry overseas breeders and this trend must end now. Every year, countless pups are force bred, stolen from their mothers at an incredibly young age and shipped in cramped pens to be sold by U.S. pet stores or worse, over the internet to buyers oblivious to the puppies’ upbringing. Many of these dogs are sickly and some even die shortly after they arrive. They can also bring new diseases into the U.S. due to lack of vaccination regulations and laws in overseas puppy mills.
A 2008 Farm Bill was created to put a stop to this inhumane activity of importation, but it has yet to be enforced. Almost six years have passed and an unthinkable amount of pups continue to suffer. I urge you to implement the law immediately and enforce stricter regulations on dogs being imported from overseas puppy mills. Truly responsible breeders wouldn’t ship their dogs off to endure such harrowing conditions and the U.S. shouldn’t be engaging in this callous activity anymore.
[Your Name Here]
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