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These puppies often suffer harsh, long-distance transport, exposed to extreme temperatures and infectious diseases along the way. Many of them die.
On Sept. 1, the USDA issued a proposed rule that will amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to prohibit the import of puppies under six months of age for resale. This follows the congressional passage of HSUS-backed legislation in 2008 to ban puppy mill imports, and now the law will finally be enforced and implemented. Please write to the USDA to voice your support of this rule before the Oct. 28 deadline, and encourage swift and aggressive enforcement.