The Agriculture Department, announced new laws on Tuesday, that will affect dog breeders that sell puppies online.
With the new laws, those who sell animals online, will either have to obtain a license to sell them or allow customers to see animals in person. The Agriculture Department estimates that the laws will affect 4,640 dog breeders, 325 cat breeders and 75 rabbit breeders. The rules were designed to stop “puppy mills”, places where pets are housed in unsanitary environments, reports the Associated Press.
“The new rule will also apply to large commercial breeders of other warm-blooded pets such as kittens and small mammals and will improve the welfare of thousands of animals across the country, including those in your own backyard,” The Humane Society of the United States, told the Patriot News.
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