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Old 07-16-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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New rules are in the works.

I see posts commenting that the USDA-aphis means nothing and are doing nothing about mills or the conditions at "mills"
Friday, July 13, 2012]
A proposed change to how the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) may administer federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations affecting “Retail Pet Stores and Licensing Exemptions” was published to the Federal Register. Comments on the proposal are now being accepted by APHIS.
The American Kennel Club continues to believe that the proposed changes have the potential to significantly impact AKC breeders, and encourages all interested parties to review the proposed rule and offer comment.


The long, the whole act
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012...2012-11839.pdf

The readers digest version. a Q & A format.
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publicatio...l_pets_faq.pdf

Fines
can be up to $10,000.00.

Living under USDA licensing is NOT an option for the average retail seller. The average house cannot be
converted to a USDA compliant facility. Federal engineered standards for licensed facilities dictate enclosure
sizes, sanitation, surfaces that are impervious to moisture, ventilation, bio-hazard control, veterinary care,
exercise, temperature controls, waste disposal systems, diurnal lighting, drainage systems, washrooms,
perimeter fencing, as well as transportation standards for regulated animals. It does not matter how well you
think you care for your animals, Federal regulations are not flexible and do not allow for your own discretion.
You must strictly adhere to what the regulations and your inspector say are acceptable equipment, care, and
husbandry practices.
• The USDA license will classify you as a commercial business. You will need to know the allowed uses for
your property in the current zoning and land use regulations. There may be minimum acreage
requirements for commercial land uses.
• You will need to know what the required setbacks are. In land use, a setback is the distance which a
building or other structure is set back from a street or road, or other things like fences and property lines.
There may also be limitations on the size and height of the building you need to set up for your animals.
Building permits will be required.
• Separate facility will be needed for females within two weeks of whelp.
• In order to bring female into your home for whelping or birthing the room used must meet USDA standards
– impervious to moisture – meaning tile floor and vinyl-coated walls.
• Kittens under 4 months of age may not be housed in the same primary enclosure with adult cats, other
than the dam or foster dam.
• Separate facility meeting USDA standards will be needed for puppies (they cannot be with adults).
• NO breeding stock allowed to run loose in your home unless it meets the requirements. Your house is not
impervious to moisture, so therefore not up to USDA code.
• All surfaces touched by animals must be waterproof and sterilized every two weeks with your choice of live
steam under pressure, 180 degree water and detergent with disinfectant, or a combination
detergent/disinfectant product.
• Use of cat trees/scratching posts may need approval from your inspector as they are not impervious to
moisture, difficult to sanitize, and will need frequent replacement if allowed.
• Pens, runs, and outdoor housing areas using gravel, sand, or earth which cannot be sanitized with live
steam or detergent must be sanitized by removing and replacing the material as necessary in order to
prevent odors. This would be at the discretion of the inspector.
• Facilities must be equipped with disposal and drainage systems that are constructed and operated so that
animal waste and water are rapidly eliminated and animals stay dry.
• Facilities must provide readily accessible washrooms, basins, or sinks.
• Facilities must provide evenly diffused natural or artificial lighting on regular diurnal cycles
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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Every loophole that closes is a step in the right direction.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Thanks so much for posting this.

I'm passing it on to my Humane Society and will also check to see if the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies has sent it out and has sent comments/feedback.

Having participated in one of the largest puppy mill busts in VA (Jr. Horton had over 1,100 dogs) I know first hand just what awful shape so many of those poor dogs are in. His case actually led to major changes in VA laws.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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Careful, some of the so called "public relations" information is aimed to make it seem like the regulation will not do anything against "MILLS" and will only put fiancial strains of the occassional responsible breeders who may not be able to complay with these seemingly overbearing governement intrusion into the little mans life. You will see some talk about giving "MILLS" more freedom and tax breaks while penalizing and taxingt o death the small respectable breeder. DON:TR BE FOOLED. A Lot of opposition to the regulations is because some COMMERCIAL BREEDERS have convinced the public that their socially acceptable "breed" breeding is for some noble good above that of the real commerical breeders. fact is, they are producing babies to make money and breed specific or a mill, they are still pimping their pups for money.

So, please be careful when signing petitions or donating money so that you are not actually promoting dog prostitition under the guise of "Respectable Breed Breeder" to defeat these needed laws.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Northern MN
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"So, please be careful "

when you don't know the facts.

The "occassional responsible breeders " will not have enough dogs,or pups to be regulated, licensed or inspected by the usda-aphis as you don't meet the requirements.
No financial strains on the BYB.
No education for the BYB
The very folks who could use some.


"dog prostitition "
When I go to breed some dogs I say time to go pimp the BIT@# out.
Or when a stud Pimp'en ain't easy..



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Careful, some of the so called "public relations" information is aimed to make it seem like the regulation will not do anything against "MILLS" and will only put fiancial strains of the occassional responsible breeders who may not be able to complay with these seemingly overbearing governement intrusion into the little mans life.

So, please be careful when signing petitions or donating money so that you are not actually promoting dog prostitition under the guise of "Respectable Breed Breeder" to defeat these needed laws.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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These proposed changes are very ominous for the average hobby breeder. These changes do NOTHING to close any perceived *loophole* and do NOTHING to aid in the welfare of animals in large commercial kennels. NOTHING changes for the large commercial kennel. The only ones truly being targeted are the responsible hobby breeders.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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This will NOT effect the BYB, as you do not qualify as a breeder.

It does close "loopholes".

It is all about changing the conditions at large commercial kennels or any kennel that qualifies.

I wish it did extend to the "hobby breeder" who still thinks a kids plastic swimming pool makes a good whelping area.

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These proposed changes are very ominous for the average hobby breeder. These changes do NOTHING to close any perceived *loophole* and do NOTHING to aid in the welfare of animals in large commercial kennels. NOTHING changes for the large commercial kennel. The only ones truly being targeted are the responsible hobby breeders.
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