State Laws


How do state laws address the issue?

Several states have gone beyond USDA requirements, imposing higher animal welfare standards on the breeders in their states. These standards still fail to provide the level of care most animal lovers would want for their own pets, but they are a step forward.  

In Pennsylvania, Dog Law/Act 119 contains detailed facility standard requirements as well as clear restrictions on painful procedures such as tail and ear cropping. In addition to mandating larger cage sizes, the Pennsylvania law makes provisions for exercise areas, bans wire-cage flooring and limits the stacking of cages. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Dog Law Enforcement Bureau is tasked with enforcing Dog Law.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has an analysis and ranking of state legislation around the country here.