Will the proposed USDA regulations affect you or a fellow breeder?
Posted on 06/27/2012 in Coonhounds.
Will the proposed USDA regulations affect
you or a fellow breeder?
Do you own less than 5 intact bitches?
• If so, you may be exempted, but ONLY if every animal you sell is whelped and raised
by you in your home or facility.
If you have 5 or more intact bitches, does every single person who
buys from you come to your home or facility?
In other words, you do not ship or have another person deliver or
meet halfway on any sale of any of your animals.
• If even a single animal is shipped or sold off premises sight unseen, you would have to
become USDA licensed and subject to inspections.
The proposed USDA regulations would narrow the currently exempted definition of “retail pet store”
to mean that each buyer would have to physically enter the business or residence and observe animals
for sale prior to purchase and/or taking custody. Being a “retail pet store” is a GOOD thing, as it exempts
you from USDA licensing. Dog breeders who sell any puppies for pets could fall under the new
definition of “retail pet store,” and any that don’t meet the definition or fall under the narrow exemption
would be required to be USDA licensed.
Becoming USDA licensed would mean the breeder would now be required to follow the rules and regulations
of the Animal Welfare Act. Meeting those requirements—such as separate food preparation areas,
waterproof surfaces, floor drains, kennels - would be impossible for many hobby breeders who keep dogs
in the home. Again, if you have 5 or more intact bitches, and sell even ONE animal without the buyer
coming to your home or facility, you lose the “retail pet store” exemption and must be USDA licensed.
Fortunately, there are many things that YOU, as a dog owner and expert, can do in this case! As this
is more an administrative rule rather than legislation, a comment period has opened and comments will
be considered UNTIL JULY 16. Remember, when making your voice heard whether it be through an
open comment period such as this or contacting a legislator, to first establish yourself as not only an expert
but as someone who will be directly impacted by the potential changes. You should also contact
your Congressman or Congresswoman and ask for their assistance. Finally, you can contact USDA Secretary
Tom Vilsack and voice your opinion to him as well.
To comment on the proposal:
• Visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal at : http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS-
2011-0003-0001 (and keep in mind that you will only have 20 minutes to complete the page, so have what
you want to say ready)
• Mail comments to: Docket No. APHIS-2011-0003, Regulatory Analysis and Development PPD
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale MD 20737-1238
To find your Congressman or Congresswoman:
• http://www.house.gov/ • http://www.senate.gov/
• For tips on contacting lawmakers: http://www.ukcdogs.com/WebSite.nsf/WebPages/ComContactingLawmakers
Contact information for USDA Secretary Vilsack: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence
Ave., S.W., Washington DC 20250; Information Hotline: (202) 720-2791
Questions? Contact Sara Chisnell-Voigt at doglaw@ukcdogs
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