Target: Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader
Goal: Pass legislation closing loophole in current Animal Welfare Act to prevent online sellers from employing abusive puppy mill breeding practices.
Current animal protection laws do not cover online sales because the laws were enacted prior to the invention of the internet. This loophole means thousands of puppies are born into the abusive puppy mill system. For these pups, life is spent in a cage without exercise or stimulation. Sometimes without sunlight or veterinary care. In these confined and close quarters, the pups often become ill and unsuspecting consumers who purchase them often wind up with high vet bills and broken hearts.
The Senate has allowed the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to stifle a bill that would fill this loophole for nearly three years. Thousands more puppies have been born into suffering while S.395-Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS) has languished.
The PUPS bill calls for simple reforms: Any breeder who sells, or plans to sell, more than 50 puppies per year directly to the public will have to be federally licensed and inspected and dogs at these facilities must be given the opportunity for at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. These reforms would not apply to smaller breeders who sell fewer than 50 dogs per year.
Sign the petition below to tell Congress that three years is way too long and that they must push this bill through to prevent any more puppies from suffering this cruel fate.
Dear Mr. McConnell,
Each year thousands of puppies are born into horrendous conditions that frequently leave them too ill for treatment. As a result, their unsuspecting new owners wind up with broken hearts and outrageous vet expenses. For nearly three years the Senate has had the opportunity to correct this, but instead they chose to slow S.395 to committee and allow it to languish there without further review or movement.
Animal lovers and activists across America are angry. The simple reforms called for in the PUPS legislation would require licensing and inspection for larger breeders and require daily exercise for dogs in these breeding facilities. Such changes do not demand more than a few minutes of discussion before being passed. Allowing such humane legislation to sit in committee for years is shameful and cruel.
We demand the PUPS act be immediately brought back to the Senate floor and voted upon without any further delay.
[Your Name Here]
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