USDA Proposal Could Regulate Internet Pet Sales

By | Posted: May 11, 2012, 9 a.m. EDT

The new definition would cover only those stores in which each and every pet sold was sold to someone who visited the business in person.

The existing definition allowed some and mail-order sellers of , primarily an estimated 1,500 dog breeders, to avoid meeting requirements by operating as a retail business and selling direct to the public.

The proposed rule would remove the exemption from any brick-and-mortar that sell any animals via the , phone or mail because APHIS wants to ensure all animals sold retail are monitored by it or the public. A store presumably keep its mail-order animals away from public scrutiny.

The AWA requirements include identification of animals, recordkeeping, facilities and operations standards (including space, structure, and construction; waste disposal; heating ventilation; lighting; and interior surface requirements); animal health and husbandry standards (veterinary care; sanitation; feeding, watering, and separation of animals); and transportation standards (enclosures, care of animals in transit, etc.).

have been exempt from the AWA under the premise that the public visits the facilities and observes the animals prior to purchase to ensure the animals were cared for in a humane and healthy way, according to the . However, the definition of retail pet store was written in 1971, prior to the advent of the and online . “This proposed change is aimed at modernizing our regulations to require individuals who sell animals directly to the public to meet basic care and feeding as required by the ,” says Rebecca Blue, deputy under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs for the USDA.  “By revising the definition of retail pet store to

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