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house Bill H.R. 1002

WOOF! Act: Should Dog Dealers With Suspended or Revoked Licenses Be Prohibited from Getting New USDA Licenses?

Argument in favor

This bill closes a loophole that currently allows dog breeders with suspended or revoked licenses to keep their businesses running by simply having a family member or someone else who shares their address apply for a new license. By closing this loophole, this bill ensures that bad breeders’ businesses remain shut down, as the spirit of the law dictates.

IllWill's Opinion
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04/20/2019
If you have lost your license for commercial breeding, that means you have lost it! You shouldn’t be able to go to a family member and have them apply for the license! The way we treat animals reflects on us as a society. Treat animals with the respect and dignity that we should treat human beings!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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04/20/2019
How we treat the weakest and most voiceless of our society, the poor, elderly, children, and animals, directly reflects the ethical and moral standards of our culture. Be better.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/20/2019
Every year 3-4 million pets, 56% of dogs, and 70% of cats are euthanized each year if they reach a shelter. A large number of those animals are from mills. They didn’t sell or they were rescued from horrific conditions. There is no way someone who has lost their permit or license should be able to get another. Ever. I support laws requiring pet stores to only sell shelter animals and cities to move to non-kill shelters. I fully support Best Friends and this bill. Renee I wish I could like yours twice!
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Argument opposed

This bill’s ban is too wide, making it impossible for anyone who’s related to a problematic dog breeder to have their own dog breeding business. While the number of people who’d be affected by this is probably small, it’d be better to simply ensure that the USDA takes better care in screening dog breeding license applicants.

JTJ's Opinion
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04/20/2019
Why are we talking about this? Not a federal government issue.
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Cindy's Opinion
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04/20/2019
Leave these things to the states, and really we abort babies but need a FEDERAL bill for breeding dogs.
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04/20/2019
Not constitutional to require a license in the first place! It’s a free country. Breed all the puppies you want, licensure be damned. ......Great news everyone! I’ve figured out a way to end world hunger AND ease the overcrowding in our animal shelters......
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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
    IntroducedFebruary 6th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1002?

This bill — the Welfare of Our Friends (WOOF!) Act — would provide better protection for puppies by prohibiting the Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) from licensing dog dealers whose previous licenses have been suspended or revoked in the last 10 years if the license is for operating a facility that the dealer previously used. Furthermore, this bill would prohibit the USDA from issuing or renewing a license to the dog dealer’s immediate family members, people living at the same address as the dog dealer, and certain legal entities if the dog dealer in question holds an ownership interest in the entity.

This bill wouldn’t affect family pets, livestock, or hobbyist breeders.

Impact

Dogs; commercial dog breeders; puppy mills; commercial dog breeders’ immediate family members; people living with commercial dog breeders; commercial dog breeders’ legal entities; and the USDA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1002

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to improve standards for federally licensed commercial dog breeders. When he introduced this bill in the previous session of Congress alongside the Puppy Protection Act, Rep. Fitzpatrick said:

“It’s crucial we stand up for animals—both as individuals and as a society. That means strengthening important regulations under the Animal Welfare Act to meet this goal. As a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I’m committed to ensuring our government is doing its part to promote animal welfare.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) supports this bill. Its president and CEO, Matt Bershadker, praised both this and the Puppy Protection Act in the 115th Congress:

“The bills introduced by Representatives Fitzpatrick and Crist would significantly improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of dogs kept in inhumane conditions by federally licensed commercial breeders. These animals often spend their entire lives in filthy, crowded cages stacked on top of one another with no access to adequate veterinary care or regular exercise. Even when a breeder’s license is revoked for violating these notoriously weak federal standards, they too often continue breeding animals by hiding their business under a family member’s name. We thank Representatives Fitzpatrick and Crist for their leadership on these measures to enhance animal welfare enforcement and improve standards of care to reduce cruelty and suffering for dogs in commercial breeding facilities."

This bill has 40 bipartisan cosponsors, including 34 Democrats and six Republicans, in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, it had 166 bipartisan cosponsors, including 139 Democrats and 27 Republicans, and didn’t receive a committee vote. This bill has the support of the ASPCA and the Humane Society.


Of NoteThe USDA regulates federally licensed commercial dog breeders that sell dogs wholesale to retail pet stores and commercial brokers, or directly to consumers over the internet. While the Animal Welfare Act is meant to ensure that dogs in federally licensed facilities are treated humanely, Rep. Fitzpatrick’s office argues that “current regulations fall far short.”

The ASPCA observes that currently, it’s possible for suspended or revoked breeders to evade enforcement by having their family members apply for a new license, allowing the breeder’s business to continue as usual despite the documented problems. The Humane Society Legislative Fund argues that means this bill “would help stop puppy mill cruelty by ensuring that puppy dealers who have been shut down due to poor animal care remain closed, as the spirit of the Animal Welfare Act intended.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / cws_design)

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WOOF! Act

Official Title

To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the issuance of licenses to certain individuals connected to dealers of dogs who have had licenses revoked, and for other purposes.

    If you have lost your license for commercial breeding, that means you have lost it! You shouldn’t be able to go to a family member and have them apply for the license! The way we treat animals reflects on us as a society. Treat animals with the respect and dignity that we should treat human beings!
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    Why are we talking about this? Not a federal government issue.
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    How we treat the weakest and most voiceless of our society, the poor, elderly, children, and animals, directly reflects the ethical and moral standards of our culture. Be better.
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    Every year 3-4 million pets, 56% of dogs, and 70% of cats are euthanized each year if they reach a shelter. A large number of those animals are from mills. They didn’t sell or they were rescued from horrific conditions. There is no way someone who has lost their permit or license should be able to get another. Ever. I support laws requiring pet stores to only sell shelter animals and cities to move to non-kill shelters. I fully support Best Friends and this bill. Renee I wish I could like yours twice!
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    Adopt. Adopt. Adopt. There are so many dogs without homes. These puppy mill breeders need to be stopped.
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    NO NEW LICENSE ! WHAT THE HELL ??? STOP WITH THE STUPID ACT !!! THEY LOSE THEIR LICENSE THATS TOUGH ! LET THEM EAT IT !!! NO NEW LICENSE !
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    Penalties should be high. And they should be permanent.
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    Leave these things to the states, and really we abort babies but need a FEDERAL bill for breeding dogs.
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    We need to put an end to puppy mills and the people that run them. People who run these puppy mills should be locked up and the key thrown away. It's disgusting the conditions they make these animals live in. Let's put them in cages, loaded with urine and excrement. See how they like it.
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    DUH!! This is s NON-QUESTION. Of course they should not have a license. Once an animal abuser, ALWAYS AN ANIMAL ABUSER.
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    Puppy mills are so cruel for dogs. The animals live in crates. The mother dogs never get out or get any attention. After their usefulness runs out they are often put down.
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    👍🏻 House Bill H.R. 1002 AKA the “Welfare of Our Friends (WOOF!) Act” 👍🏻 I’m in support of and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R. 1— 002 AKA the Welfare of Our Friends (WOOF!)Act which would provide better protection for puppies by prohibiting the Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) from licensing dog dealers whose previous licenses have been suspended or revoked in the last 10 years if the license is for operating a facility that the dealer previously used. Furthermore, this bill would prohibit the USDA from issuing or renewing a license to the dog dealer’s immediate family members, people living at the same address as the dog dealer, and certain legal entities if the dog dealer in question holds an ownership interest in the entity. This bill closes a loophole that currently allows dog breeders with suspended or revoked licenses to keep their businesses running by simply having a family member or someone else who shares their address apply for a new license. By closing this loophole, this bill ensures that bad breeders’ businesses remain shut down, as the spirit of the law dictates. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-1002👍🏻👍🏻. 😦4*21*19.....
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    Once a bad breeder, always a bad breeder. Oh, and for God's sake, stop the noise about abortion with everything that is commented on! If someone treats an animal poorly, can't wait to see what they do with an unwanted baby.
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    Not constitutional to require a license in the first place! It’s a free country. Breed all the puppies you want, licensure be damned. ......Great news everyone! I’ve figured out a way to end world hunger AND ease the overcrowding in our animal shelters......
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    Yes, this makes sense. The license should be similar to a Professional license, like a P.E., PMP, Architect or Attorney. You should be required to obtain PDHs annually (professional development hours) training, to maintain your license. This bill is another Example of Conservative legislation that focuses on specific groups, and special interests. There should possibly be legislation that covers all animal breeding, including cats, dogs, and whatever animal groups it should also cover. Stop making bills specifically for blacks, Hispanics, women, LGBTQ, Dogs, Cats, elderly people , etc. The legislation should be written to protect all people and animals and wildlife and environment.
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    Yes. There is no place for animal cruelty
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    Without a doubt!
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    These legislators that come up with these bills are ignoring the real issues of the American People.
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    If they wouldn’t honor the rules and regulations in the first place, I doubt they’ll follow the rules and regulations if they were reissued a license.
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    Overpopulation of dogs & cats leads to so many killed. We must stop those who overbreeds for profit. Spay & neuter. States must do a better job in closing puppy mills forever. Poor female dogs spend their life in small pens having puppies until they are too old & killed. Terrible business. State & local must do more to end the death.
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