Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Rush to Regulate

USDA is in a big fat hurry to regulate pet breeders across the nation by using the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)  to propose onerous rules under the guise of closing a so-called "loophole" for internet pet sales. 

What's worrisome about these proposed rules is that the USDA leads Americans to believe that this will rid America of unscrupulous pet breeders, but quite the opposite is true. Typical of so many government intervention, the unscrupulous remain untouched, and the law abiding are driven out of business.  

The other point of concern about this proposed rule is that it is being directed by powerful animal rights special interest groups, led by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Once again, American citizens and American businesses suffer under the heavy boot of wealthy special interest-driven government regulation. 

USDA's APHIS division has decided to broadly expand their jurisdiction. Accordingly, under this newly proposed rule, all pet breeders who sell their animals over the internet, phone, or mail will now be subject to the demanding licensing and inspection requirements of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

Clearly, this proposed rule sets a precedent for more onerous regulation in the future and must be stopped. 

The Cavalry Group has put together an easy 3-step action plan to STOP the proposed APHIS rule.  Please click this link, follow the 3 easy steps, and then share far and wide! But, please hurry!  Deadline to make comments to oppose this proposed APHIS rule is July 16, 2012.  Many thanks.

For Liberty,

Mindy Patterson
The Cavalry Group