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11-S0707 on Feb 28, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: PUPS: Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act
Source: HR835/S707
Congressional Summary:Amends the Animal Welfare Act to define a "high volume retail breeder" as a person who, in commerce, for compensation or profit: has an ownership interest in or custody of one or more breeding female dogs; and sells more than 50 of the offspring of such dogs for use as pets in any one-year period. Considers such a breeder of dogs to be a dealer.

Promulgates requirements for the exercise of dogs at facilities owned or operated by high volume retail breeders, including requiring daily access to exercise that allows the dogs to move sufficiently in a way that is not forced, repetitive, or restrictive; and is in an area that is spacious, cleaned at least once a day, free of infestation by pests or vermin, and designed to prevent the dogs from escaping.

Opponent's Comments (GSDCA, the German Shepherd Dog Club of America):In the past, legislation has excluded home/hobby breeders. This bill would, for the first time, require home/hobby breeders to follow the strict USDA requirements, such as engineering standards designed for large commercial kennels and not homes. Such regulations would exceedingly difficult to meet in a home/residential breeding environment. If passed, PUPS would disastrously reduce purposely-bred pups for the public.

There is nothing in this bill that changes the status of already known substandard kennel violators. There is no increase in funding for additional inspectors, nor is increased inspection evaluation education included.

Dogs purposely bred for showing, trialing or other events often are not bred for several years due to many different reasons. Some of these dogs may never be bred, yet are included in the count.

Working kennels maintain a large dog population while they are evaluating dogs; if the dogs do not work out for the purpose for which they were intended, they are often sold as pets. This could bring those working/training kennels under USDA regulations.

Also see the related House of Representatives bill H0835.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Sponsored regulating all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Sponsored regulating all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 11-S0707

Michael Bennet s2oCO Democratic Jr Senator 
Richard Blumenthal s2oCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Boxer s2oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s2oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Benjamin Cardin s2oMaryland Democrat 
Tom Carper s2oDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Chris Coons s2oDE Democratic Jr Senator 
Richard Durbin s1pIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Dianne Feinstein s2oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Al Franken s2oMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s2oNew York Democrat 
John Kerry s2oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Herbert Kohl s2oWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Mary Landrieu s2oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Patrick Leahy s2oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s2oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Robert Menendez s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Jeff Merkley s2oOR Democratic Jr Senator 
Barbara Mikulski s2oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Patty Murray s2oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bill Nelson s2oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s2oRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Charles Schumer s2oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Mark Udall s2oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Sheldon Whitehouse s2oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Ron Wyden s2oOR Democratic Sr Senator 

Republicans participating in 11-S0707

Susan Collins s2oME Republican Sr Senator 
John Ensign s2oNV Republican Jr Senator 
Mark Kirk s2oIL Republican Jr Senator 
David Vitter s2oLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 

Independents participating in 11-S0707

Scott Brown s2oNH Previsouly MA Republican Jr Senator 
Joseph Lieberman s2oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Bernie Sanders s2oVermont Independent 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 26
Republicans: 4
Independents: 3

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