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house Bill H.R. 1002

WOOF! Act: Should Dog Dealers With Suspended or Revoked Licenses Be Prohibited from Getting New USDA Licenses?

Argument in favor

This bill closes a loophole that currently allows dog breeders with suspended or revoked licenses to keep their businesses running by simply having a family member or someone else who shares their address apply for a new license. By closing this loophole, this bill ensures that bad breeders’ businesses remain shut down, as the spirit of the law dictates.

IllWill's Opinion
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04/20/2019
If you have lost your license for commercial breeding, that means you have lost it! You shouldn’t be able to go to a family member and have them apply for the license! The way we treat animals reflects on us as a society. Treat animals with the respect and dignity that we should treat human beings!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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04/20/2019
How we treat the weakest and most voiceless of our society, the poor, elderly, children, and animals, directly reflects the ethical and moral standards of our culture. Be better.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/20/2019
Every year 3-4 million pets, 56% of dogs, and 70% of cats are euthanized each year if they reach a shelter. A large number of those animals are from mills. They didn’t sell or they were rescued from horrific conditions. There is no way someone who has lost their permit or license should be able to get another. Ever. I support laws requiring pet stores to only sell shelter animals and cities to move to non-kill shelters. I fully support Best Friends and this bill. Renee I wish I could like yours twice!
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Argument opposed

This bill’s ban is too wide, making it impossible for anyone who’s related to a problematic dog breeder to have their own dog breeding business. While the number of people who’d be affected by this is probably small, it’d be better to simply ensure that the USDA takes better care in screening dog breeding license applicants.

JTJ's Opinion
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04/20/2019
Why are we talking about this? Not a federal government issue.
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Cindy's Opinion
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04/20/2019
Leave these things to the states, and really we abort babies but need a FEDERAL bill for breeding dogs.
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AmericaIsARepublic's Opinion
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04/20/2019
Not constitutional to require a license in the first place! It’s a free country. Breed all the puppies you want, licensure be damned. ......Great news everyone! I’ve figured out a way to end world hunger AND ease the overcrowding in our animal shelters......
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    If you have lost your license for commercial breeding, that means you have lost it! You shouldn’t be able to go to a family member and have them apply for the license! The way we treat animals reflects on us as a society. Treat animals with the respect and dignity that we should treat human beings!
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    Why are we talking about this? Not a federal government issue.
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    How we treat the weakest and most voiceless of our society, the poor, elderly, children, and animals, directly reflects the ethical and moral standards of our culture. Be better.
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    Every year 3-4 million pets, 56% of dogs, and 70% of cats are euthanized each year if they reach a shelter. A large number of those animals are from mills. They didn’t sell or they were rescued from horrific conditions. There is no way someone who has lost their permit or license should be able to get another. Ever. I support laws requiring pet stores to only sell shelter animals and cities to move to non-kill shelters. I fully support Best Friends and this bill. Renee I wish I could like yours twice!
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    Adopt. Adopt. Adopt. There are so many dogs without homes. These puppy mill breeders need to be stopped.
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    NO NEW LICENSE ! WHAT THE HELL ??? STOP WITH THE STUPID ACT !!! THEY LOSE THEIR LICENSE THATS TOUGH ! LET THEM EAT IT !!! NO NEW LICENSE !
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    Penalties should be high. And they should be permanent.
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    We need to put an end to puppy mills and the people that run them. People who run these puppy mills should be locked up and the key thrown away. It's disgusting the conditions they make these animals live in. Let's put them in cages, loaded with urine and excrement. See how they like it.
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    Leave these things to the states, and really we abort babies but need a FEDERAL bill for breeding dogs.
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    DUH!! This is s NON-QUESTION. Of course they should not have a license. Once an animal abuser, ALWAYS AN ANIMAL ABUSER.
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    Once a bad breeder, always a bad breeder. Oh, and for God's sake, stop the noise about abortion with everything that is commented on! If someone treats an animal poorly, can't wait to see what they do with an unwanted baby.
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    Puppy mills are so cruel for dogs. The animals live in crates. The mother dogs never get out or get any attention. After their usefulness runs out they are often put down.
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    👍🏻 House Bill H.R. 1002 AKA the “Welfare of Our Friends (WOOF!) Act” 👍🏻 I’m in support of and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R. 1— 002 AKA the Welfare of Our Friends (WOOF!)Act which would provide better protection for puppies by prohibiting the Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) from licensing dog dealers whose previous licenses have been suspended or revoked in the last 10 years if the license is for operating a facility that the dealer previously used. Furthermore, this bill would prohibit the USDA from issuing or renewing a license to the dog dealer’s immediate family members, people living at the same address as the dog dealer, and certain legal entities if the dog dealer in question holds an ownership interest in the entity. This bill closes a loophole that currently allows dog breeders with suspended or revoked licenses to keep their businesses running by simply having a family member or someone else who shares their address apply for a new license. By closing this loophole, this bill ensures that bad breeders’ businesses remain shut down, as the spirit of the law dictates. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-1002👍🏻👍🏻. 😦4*21*19.....
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    Not constitutional to require a license in the first place! It’s a free country. Breed all the puppies you want, licensure be damned. ......Great news everyone! I’ve figured out a way to end world hunger AND ease the overcrowding in our animal shelters......
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    Yes, this makes sense. The license should be similar to a Professional license, like a P.E., PMP, Architect or Attorney. You should be required to obtain PDHs annually (professional development hours) training, to maintain your license. This bill is another Example of Conservative legislation that focuses on specific groups, and special interests. There should possibly be legislation that covers all animal breeding, including cats, dogs, and whatever animal groups it should also cover. Stop making bills specifically for blacks, Hispanics, women, LGBTQ, Dogs, Cats, elderly people , etc. The legislation should be written to protect all people and animals and wildlife and environment.
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    Without a doubt!
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    Overpopulation of dogs & cats leads to so many killed. We must stop those who overbreeds for profit. Spay & neuter. States must do a better job in closing puppy mills forever. Poor female dogs spend their life in small pens having puppies until they are too old & killed. Terrible business. State & local must do more to end the death.
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    These legislators that come up with these bills are ignoring the real issues of the American People.
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    Yes. There is no place for animal cruelty
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    If they wouldn’t honor the rules and regulations in the first place, I doubt they’ll follow the rules and regulations if they were reissued a license.
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