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Puppy Mills and Mass Breeding

American Humane opposes the unregulated mass breeding of puppies for the pet market

The mass breeding of dogs for the commercial pet market has resulted in numerous large-scale breeding operations referred to as “puppy mills.” Most of these operations are not regulated or audited to ensure proper husbandry (food, water, housing, etc.), veterinary care, socialization, exercise, ability to express normal behavior, and freedom from fear or distress. For the breeding adults and the puppies born in these facilities, neglect of emotional needs due to lack of socialization, isolation and the trauma of transportation at an early age are serious problems which can lead to ongoing health and/or behavioral problems. Lack of knowledge about genetic diseases and proper breeding regimes to reduce health issues can result in future suffering for both adults and puppies. American Humane opposes the unregulated mass breeding of puppies for the pet market. American Humane also supports the regulation of pet sales through the Internet, wanting each and every new pet to arrive at a new home in a physically and emotionally healthy state.

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