Here are a few of the bills we’re tracking in Congress:
S.3424/ H.R.5434 – This legislation, known as the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, would require all breeders who sell more than 50 puppies in a 12-month period to be regulated under USDA animal dealer regulations. Requirements would include obtaining an annual USDA license, maintaining minimum federal standards of care, and regular inspections at least biennially. It also would require that breeding animals receive daily access to exercise that is sufficient to maintain normal muscle tone and mass, the ability to achieve a running stride, and is not a forced activity. The AKC is currently studying the full impact of this measure and will keep owners and breeders up-to-date on the potential impact of the bill or changes in the bill’s status. S.3424 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry. H.R. 5434 is assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture. No hearings have been scheduled for either bill. View AKC’s Informational Update on this legislation.
H.R. 5422– This bill provides grants to states that ban debarking “for purposes of convenience”. The grants, which may be up to $1 million, must be used to fund “activities that prevent or promote the prevention of cruelty to animals”. This bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture. No hearings are scheduled.