The AKC Government Relations team continues to monitor Congress for issues of interest to dog owners. Visit our 2012 Legislative Tracking
page and click on “US Fed” on the map to get the latest updates on federal bills currently being monitored by the AKC.
Here are some highlights of issues we are currently addressing on the federal level:
— H.R. 835
known as the "Puppy Uniform Protection & Safety Act" (PUPS), would require anyone who owns or co-owns female dogs that produce 50 or more puppies that are sold in a 12-month period to be regulated under USDA dog dealer regulations. Anyone meeting that criteria would be required to obtain an annual USDA license, maintain standards of care designed for commercial breeding facilities, and undergo regular inspections at least biennially. AKC GR has expressed a number of concerns with other provisions in the measure, including the definition of "breeding female" as an intact female of four months or older. The bills have been assigned to their chamber's agriculture committees. Neither bill has been scheduled for a hearing. Informational updates are available online, along with links to AKC's letters to Congress and other information. AKC GR, along with the AKC's federal representatives, is monitoring activity relating to this measure and actively pushing back against attempts to move the bill forward as written.
2012 Farm Bill
— H.R. 6083
. The Senate version (S. 3240) of the 2012 Agricultural Authorization bill, also known as the "farm bill," has passed the Senate. The House version (H.R. 6083) has been assigned to the House Agriculture Committee. Past versions of this quinquennial (every five years), must-pass legislation have included significant changes to portions of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) pertaining to dog breeder/dealer regulations. AKC GR and AKC's federal advocates are monitoring possible attempts to attach PUPS legislation or similar amendments to the Farm Bill as it moves through Congress.
Proposed Change to Federal Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWA)