web analytics
Login
Subscribe
Breaking News         Catoctin KC     07/02/2015     Best In Show Judge: Stephanie S. Hedgepath     Best In Show: GCH Gala Brighton Lakridge Relfections Of Me     Holyoke KC     07/02/2015     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Lorraine Boutwell     Best In Show: GCH Bagatelle Rolling Moon Stone     Naugatuck Valley KC     07/01/2015     Best In Show Judge: Ms. Elizabeth (Beth) Sweigart     Best In Show: GCH Sporting Fields Shameless     Bell Vernon KA     06/28/2015     Best In Show Judge: Dr. Robert D. Smith     Best In Show: GCH Penhurst Careful What You Wish For     Bushy Run KC (2)     06/28/2015     Best In Show Judge: Terry M. DePietro     Best In Show: GCH Pebblesrun Play It again Ham     Spotlight on the Specialties: American Spaniel Club Wanted: 4,600 Dogs for Bloat Study AKC Health Foundation Partners with VetVine with Free Webinar on Joint Health in Dogs Meet the American Kennel Club’s Three New Dog Breeds Blackpool 2015 – Best in Show

We'll email you the stories that fanciers want to read from all around the web daily

We don't share your email address

New USDA Breeder Regulations to Be Released for Comment

[Friday, May 11, 2012]

http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id=4653

Early next week, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be releasing for public comment a new interpretation of portions of existing regulations for the federal Animal Welfare Act.

In particular, two proposed changes may have a potentially significant impact on AKC breeders:

Current AWA regulations do not require licensing of “retail pet stores”. The newly proposed rule will significantly narrow the definition of retail pet stores so that: “Retail pet store means any outlet a place of business or residence that each buyer physically enters in order to personally observe the animals available for sale prior to purchase and/or to take custody of the animals after purchase …”

This rescinds the “retail pet store” status/protection for those who engage in internet sales. Breeders who engage in internet-only or other sales without allowing the buyer to personally observe the puppy ahead of purchase will be subject to current USDA commercial breeder licensing and inspections. However, breeders who sell pets to their customers face-to-face will now qualify as “retail pet stores” for the purpose of remaining exempt from USDA regulations.

The proposed new rule also increases the exception for regulation as a commercial breeder for those who maintain up to four breeding female dogs on their premises if person sells only the offspring born and raised on the premises for use as pets or exhibition (regardless of whether those animals are sold at retail or wholesale).

The American Kennel Club will review the proposal, provide comment after fully analyzing the impacts of the proposed rule, and will report all developments as they warrant.

For more information, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/2012/retail_pets_faq.pdf for a fact sheet prepared by USDA/APHIS regarding the proposed rule change and http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2012/05/pdf/docket_APHIS_2011_0003.pdf for a preliminary copy of the proposal.

Written by