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house Bill H.R. 4693

Puppy Protection Act: Setting Standards for Dealers’ Housing & Treatment of Dogs

Argument in favor

This bill would go a long way toward ensuring that dogs are treated humanely by their dealers and have access to all the food, water, exercise, interaction, and space they need.

IllWill's Opinion
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01/02/2018
If we can’t treat animals with dignity then we can’t call ourselves a civilized society. Vote yes!
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Leah's Opinion
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01/02/2018
Puppy mills are insidious. Reputable breeders have no problem meeting these minimal standards which protect the health of the animal ( no parvo, no genetic disorders from inbreeding, and no socialization and psychological issues) and the purchaser’s expectations in not supporting cruel and inhumane treatment. Please pass this legislation.
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Bethany's Opinion
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01/02/2018
Puppy mills are a national embarrassment and tragedy! It’s time we end these factories of pain once and for all!
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Argument opposed

This bill goes too far in setting standards for dog dealers’ care of their canines, and these regulations could be better handled at the state level.

Patti's Opinion
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01/02/2018
This seems like a state/local-level issue.
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Jerrey's Opinion
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01/02/2018
Better for State or local level. The criteria listed should be used as minimum good practices to which dealers and breeders should adhere. Posting signs after local or state inspections stating that the facility complied with Federal good practices can be an indication of a reputable dealer or breeder. A Federal regulation of this type will be difficult and expensive to enforce. We cannot enforce many regulations already on the books! Let’s not add another with similar results!
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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01/04/2018
Really? Puppies are a federal concern now? We're just going to put the federal government in charge of every little thing? I would try to joke about "Next they'll be regulating [XYZ]!" but I bet the legislation to put the government in charge of whatever I would joke about is heading to committee right now anyway.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
    IntroducedDecember 20th, 2017

Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
    IntroducedDecember 20th, 2017
    If we can’t treat animals with dignity then we can’t call ourselves a civilized society. Vote yes!
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    This seems like a state/local-level issue.
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    Puppy mills are insidious. Reputable breeders have no problem meeting these minimal standards which protect the health of the animal ( no parvo, no genetic disorders from inbreeding, and no socialization and psychological issues) and the purchaser’s expectations in not supporting cruel and inhumane treatment. Please pass this legislation.
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    Puppy mills are a national embarrassment and tragedy! It’s time we end these factories of pain once and for all!
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    State governments have had plenty of time to address issues like this and they clearly are uninterested, but not for lack of voter attention. Most states haven't even made puppy mills illegal, let alone set any sort of regulations for how these animals are treated. To say "this is a state issue" is also ignorant of the fact that the federal government has already stepped in once before in 1966 with the Animal Welfare Act. If the issue was important enough for the Feds to get involved then, why would it suddenly not be important enough now?
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    A measure of social advancement is how a society treats the lives in it’s care. As a society we have not advanced very far. We don’t treat any of the lives in our care very well. We are careless with the environment, sustaining and protecting them. Just look at how well we care for our children much less our pets. If we knowingly, intentionally fail to care for our children would we do any better for our pets?
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    Puppy mills should be banned entirely.
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    While I believe states should be able to exercise the regulations here, they haven’t done so. Being from Pennsylvania- a top state in dog breeding and puppy mills- and seeing the devastating conditions that these animals are in when they are rescued, and having tried again and again to get PA to do something, it is clear that PA does not have the gumption or courage to do so. So if we must turn to the feds for animals to live with dignity, so be it. I know PA is not alone in this state of inaction.
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    Better for State or local level. The criteria listed should be used as minimum good practices to which dealers and breeders should adhere. Posting signs after local or state inspections stating that the facility complied with Federal good practices can be an indication of a reputable dealer or breeder. A Federal regulation of this type will be difficult and expensive to enforce. We cannot enforce many regulations already on the books! Let’s not add another with similar results!
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    Really? Puppies are a federal concern now? We're just going to put the federal government in charge of every little thing? I would try to joke about "Next they'll be regulating [XYZ]!" but I bet the legislation to put the government in charge of whatever I would joke about is heading to committee right now anyway.
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    This bill addresses a longstanding issue of terrible and inhumane treatment of dogs by the so-called “puppy mills”. While some states are addressing this, it’s a problem of national scope and requires uniform regulation for all of the states to prevent these businesses from simply moving to states that don’t regulate these dog breeders. The pain and suffering endured by dogs in these facilities is caused by people who increase their profits by the deliberate and calculated torture of dogs and puppies in their care. This bill would allow local law enforcement authorities to greatly reduce or stop these unconscionable practices.
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    A disgusting industry. Want a dog - adopt one !!!!
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    How about we go further and ban industrial dog breeding. Animals should have a better life than always being pregnate or recovering from pregnancy.
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    It is ridiculous that this has become a federal issues, but if that is what it takes to get the poor dogs taken care of then let’s do it.
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    Wow, Republicans offering more humanity , ethics and moral policies for dogs than humans. That is perfect. If we could apply these proposed policies to humans, we could solve a lot of the world’s problems.
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    I love dogs, but this is not the purpose of the federal government. It is a local issue.
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    Yes yes yes
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    YES, having puppy mills in this area I know how horrible conditions are. This should cover the puppies AND THE DOGS THAT ARE MADE TO HAVE PUPPIES EVERY 3 or 4 MONTHS, NEVER GET ANY HUMAN INTERACTION AND ARE SEEN ONLY AS A CASH COW. The puppies are many Times damaged mentally and sometimes physically. Some get thrown away because they are not PERFECT. This is s good start.
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    Humane treatment of companion animals should easily receive a landslide of bipartisan support. It’s 2017, time to hold ourselves to, at the very least, an acceptable standard. History has so blatantly shown us that without government interference, that won’t happen.
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    This is great step forward, but so much more work is still needed.
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