Animal Welfare Act loophole allows unlicensed breeders to sell online

08/26/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A loophole in the Animal Welfare Act allows pets to be sold by unlicensed large-scale breeders, according to this editorial, which calls for the enactment of a proposed rule that would address the issue. "Without consumer oversight or APHIS inspections, there is no assurance that the animals are monitored for their overall health and humane treatment," USDA officials wrote in 2010.

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