National Laws


What are national laws regarding dog breeding?

The Animal Welfare Act regulates commercial dog breeding operations, defined as facilities with five or more breeding females, at the national level. AWA standards are woefully inadequate, allowing breeding facilities to be licensed even if the dogs in their care spend their entire lives in wire cages only six inches larger than their bodies and without adequate veterinary care, exercise, or even continuous access to water. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which administers the AWA admits that enforcement of even these weak standards is poor. Therefore, a facilitiy that is USDA licensed may still be inhumane.

The nation’s largest animal protection organizations have petitioned the USDA to adopt and enforce higher animal welfare standards within the breeding industry.  Read their specific asks here.