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USDA/APHIS Rules

#11
BEFORE I come back on here and read people saying, "This is a good thing- it prevents puppy mills/cattery mills"- this is the problems that were presented when this bill was introduced...

From the Scottish Terrier Club of America's site...

"Summary:
Here are some aspects of the rules that are problematic and must be addressed.
  • Physical visit rule. Each and every sale must include a physical visit by the purchaser to the breeder’s site.
    • Even one case where the purchaser does not physically visit the breeder’s facility will trigger a requirement for a license.
    • Rescue: this will mean every and every placement requires a visit to the foster home.
    • Requiring physical visit for each and every sale is overreaching.
  • Four Breeding Bitches rule. If you have more than 4 breed(able) bitches, you will require a license.
    • Breeding bitches is not defined. If a litter of puppies includes females, and you keep some past 6 months, they will likely be considered ‘breeding bitches’- even if they are just awaiting homes.
    • Co-ownership is not addressed. If you co-own a bitch that resides at another location – she may be counted in your “four.”
    • Rescue: this means that breeders cannot be involved in fostering rescue does in any way. If they do so – they will loose their exemption because they are placing/selling a dog they did not breed.
  • Every dog you sell must be bred by you or you must be licensed.
    • What if you receive a “pay-back” puppy and sell it. Since you did not breed it, you will require a license.
    • Rescue: Breeders must not be involved in rescue fostering.
FROM TICA...

http://ticaleg.org/docs/USDA_LICENSING.pdf

From the AKC...

http://www.akc.org/press_center/article.cfm?article_id=4656


PLEASE educate yourself before posting that this is a positive step in animal welfare. If it passed- as is- today, September 10th, 2013, may be the end of the breeds we know and love today.
 
#16
Part of the fallout will be breeders who have more than 4 female breeding cats - there are many! Some breeders will go out of business...hobby breeders (less than four breeding cats) will only be allowed to sell kittens as pets...so not as breeders...

I have no idea how they intend to enforce this, but should be interesting and will force many breeders to stop breeding :(

Seeing as 90% of our sales are outside of the state I cannot fathom how we can comply. Looks like I'll be making some very difficult choices.
 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
#17
I have no idea how they intend to enforce this, but should be interesting and will force many breeders to stop breeding :(
I hope no breeders make knee jerk decisions to stop breeding until they see how this plays out. I cannot fathom how any government agency with their heads so far up their arses can possibly enforce this. It's like the war on drugs, a lot of effort goes into it but it solves nothing.
 

Becki

Savannah Super Cat
#20
Legislation without investigation of ramifications, and corroboration of facts, is just plain bad legislation.
Sadly, the unintended consequences of many pieces of social legislation fit this description. I am always curious why those who propose / support such bills think those who don't follow laws already on the books will somehow become law abiding citizens on passing of these new ones. I also wonder what mysterious fund will be used to enforce these laws. I will take a look at the waiver or exemption language more closely, wonder if that might contain a potential Achilles heal...