AVMA targets high-volume breeders before U.S. Senate
At presstime, Dr. Henry Childers, president of the AVMA, made an impassioned stand against unscrupulous breeders before the U.S. Senate's Subcommittee on Research, Nutrition and General Legislation supporting the Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS) amending the Animal Welfare Act.
"Unfortunately, veterinarians are regularly confronted with pets that suffer the ill effects of irresponsible breeding and inappropriate transport over long distances," Childers says in his testimony on Capitol Hill. "Animal suffering compounds human suffering when heartache and financial burdens are thrust upon pet owners who have purchased these unfortunate animals."
"Large-scale puppy and kitten dealers who escape regulation under the current Animal Welfare Act are a significant source of these problems," Childers says. "Over-breeding, inbreeding, inadequate veterinary care, poor-quality food and shelter, overcrowding, poor socialization and stress due to prolonged transport are the hallmarks of these operations. These operations escape regulation because they sell directly to the public, either from their facilities or via the Internet, and are therefore classified as 'retail pet stores.' "
Childers adds, "The American Veterinary Medical Association believes this must be corrected. Congress has the power to do that."