USDA Approves New Foreign Puppy Import Rule

Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Photo from Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture – with the backing of the ASPCA – has just passed a new regulation that will help to curtail the importation of puppy mills puppies from foreign countries.

Each year, approximately 2,000 puppies that are younger than 8 weeks old are imported from China and Eastern European puppy mills, and are transported to the U.S. in airline cargo holds.

Many of them are gravely ill, and often die soon after being sold.

Under the terms of the new regulation – which will got into effect in 90 days – puppies imported from overseas breeders will have to be at least 6 months old, in good health and up to date on all of their shots.

Plus, violators can be fined for up to $10,000.

Hats off to the USDA and ASPCA.

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