WASHINGTON (CN) – The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans to revise retail pet store regulations to protect more animals, and has extended the comment period to Aug. 15.
If buyers do not physically enter the seller’s place of business or residence to personally observe the animals prior to purchase and/or to take custody of the animals after purchase, they must obtain a license from APHIS and would become subject to the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act, under the proposed rule.
The rule, if adopted, would exempt from the regulation “anyone who sells or negotiates the sale or purchase of any animal, except wild or exotic animals, dogs, or cats, and who derives no more than $500 gross income from the sale of such animals.”
The proposed rule also would increase from three to four the number of breeding female dogs, cats, and/or small exotic or wild mammals maintained on a person’s premises, and exempt the premises from licensing and inspection if only the offspring of those animals born and raised on the premises are sold for use as pets or exhibition, regardless of whether those animals are sold at retail or wholesale.
The APHIS has announced that a revised factsheet to clarify the proposal is available.
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