USDA/APHIS has proposed new regulations which, if implemented, will effectively end currently exempt hobby breeding now considered as retail pet sellers. Living under USDA licensing is NOT an option for the average retail seller. The average house cannot be converted to a USDA compliant facility. Breeding stock is not allowed in your home. It does not matter how well you think you care for your animals, Federal regulations are not flexible and do not allow for your own discretion. You must strictly adhere to what the regulations and the federal inspector say are acceptable equipment, care, and husbandry practices.
The rule, designed for large commercial operations, will penalize many hard-working Americans caught up under this regulation who are not operating as true businesses. If required to hold a license, you can be fined by USDA when they come unannounced to inspect your property and you are not present.
Send a strong message to Congress asking them to help stop this rule.
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Sportsmen's & Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA)
Mon, July 23, 2012
by Matt Kremzar