Petition Tag - purebred

1. Equal rights for all purebred labrador retrievers

Equal rights for all purebred Labrador Retrievers.

2. Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders

Join with the American Kennel Club to express your concerns about the harsh and unintended consequences that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed regulations (RIN 0579-AD57) to redefine “retail pet store” would have on responsible small and hobby breeders.

Under the proposed regulations, breeders - who maintain more than four “breeding females” and who sell even one puppy sight unseen, by any means (including online, by mail or by telephone), would now be regulated as commercial breeders by the USDA. The effect of these proposed regulations would be to take away the public’s opportunity to obtain puppies from some of our nation’s top breeders who in many cases, have dedicated their lives to breeding for health, breed type and temperament.

Under current law, the federal Animal Welfare Act exempts from federal oversight “retail pet stores,” which sell puppies directly to a final customer for use as pets. This exemption means that most non-commercial small or hobby breeders do not have to be licensed and regulated by the USDA. The proposed rule rescinds the exempt “retail pet store” status of anyone selling pets at retail to buyers who do not physically enter the breeder’s facilities in order to personally observe the animals available for sale.

The rule also requires anyone who owns more than four “breeding females” and sells puppies, cats or other small/exotic pets “sight unseen,” by any means, to be licensed, regulated and inspected as a USDA commercial breeder.

The AKC shares the USDA’s concern about substandard Internet puppy sellers that operate outside the current regulations. However, the unintended consequences of this proposed rule create unreasonable hardships on small hobby breeders. This rule could threaten the future of a vast number of small responsible dog breeders and the very existence of some rare breeds in the United States.

The rule creates an unfair burden on small breeders who may depend on the ability to place dogs very selectively in known situations without physically meeting with the purchaser at the specific time of sale. Likewise, many hobbyists are comfortable purchasing an animal sight-unseen based on known pedigrees, bloodlines, previous relationships or personal knowledge of each other’s facilities and programs. Such scenarios are particularly common and necessary for breeders and fanciers of rare breeds. The proposed rule does not make allowances if the purchaser is willing to sign a waiver of an in-person sale requirement.

It is unreasonable to expect small breeders, who may keep a handful of intact females in their homes, to be able to meet exacting USDA commercial kennel engineering standards that were never intended for home environments. Other pre-existing restrictions such as local ordinances, insurance or licensing may also prevent hobbyists from adapting their facilities.

3. Ban Mass Importation of Puppies into Canada

Presently there is very little Canadian law regulating the MASS IMPORTATION of thousands of PUPPIES into Canada. The Trucks carrying hundreds at a time are arriving daily.

All that is required for documentation is any veterinarian certificate from the source country stating that the dogs have been vaccinated for rabies (if they are over one year old) and that they have been pre-approved for importation by application from their source - There is needs to be a greater GOVERNING AUTHORITY from CANADA verifying this information provided is "true".

PJ PETS, in Ontario and PET HABITAT in BC, along with many other pet stores across the country are purchasing puppies in wholesale quantities at wholesale prices through a major US brokerage firm called the HUNTE CORPORATION based in MISSOURI USA. This information is clearly stated on the puppy certificates.

The HUNTE CORPORATION "processes" and delivers hundreds of thousands of puppies annually.

The HUNTE CORPORATION has been proven to source IT'S puppies from known Puppy mills across the USA.
They are under investigation for many HUMANE VIOLATIONS in the US, but Canada has no jurisdiction over US policies, and Vise versa.

PET HABITAT sources 100% of it's puppies through the HUNTE CORPORATION.

Sick puppies are flooding into the country. Showing up with contractible diseases such as PARVO VIRUS and genetically transferable medical conditions. Many are Euthanized directly upon arrival.
*We are unable to provide the source of this information as to protect professional privacy* -Local Professional Veterinarians are often brought into the stores to provide this service.

This massive import is pushing the supply and therefore the demand for puppies. Canadians are un-wittingly fueling a system of abuse that only government intervention can reduce.

PET HABITAT in BC alone is boasting on their website an outrageous profit in sales...And are recruiting publicly for more franchises.

From their website: "Revenue for individual locations of a Pet franchise could go up to over a few billion dollars a year. Profits have jumped from $17 billion in sales in 1994 to a skyrocketing $38.5 billion in 2006 "

1) Is there a true NEED for this mass importation of American puppies? Is there a shortage of puppies born into canada or a lack of dogs needing homes in Canada?

2) Should there be a cap on the prices of these dogs?
The same puppy is purchased from it's home source for very little, sold to Pet stores like PET HABITAT for hundreds and then Sold again to the naive Canadian public for THOUSANDS. Is that ethical?

3) These puppies are also "breedable". What are the exponential risks and costs involved to Canadians with that issue alone over time?

*** Sign bellow to demand the complete stop of the mass importation of puppies into Canada by the Canadian government effective IMMEDIATELY.