Boy, did the HSUS get this wrong.
According to a recent press release, the HSUS reviewed laws regulating commercial dog breeding facilities (wholesale), also known as “puppy mills,” and protecting consumers who purchase sick puppies to determine the best and worst state laws.
Amazingly, New York was ranked in the top ten, coming in at number 8 – even though its pet dealer law does not address commercial dog breeders.
According to the list included with the March 12, 2012 press release from HSUS, New York ranks in the top 10 of states regulating puppy mills:
Puppy Mill State Law Rankings – 2011
4. New Hampshire
8. New York
This list, supposedly, was based on an analysis of the existing law. According to the release:
States were assigned points based on key elements either addressed or not addressed in their laws, including: mandatory licensure, criteria for coverage, frequency of inspections, caps on the number of dogs an operator can keep, the standards of care mandated for each dog, consumer protection provisions, and the severity of penalties for violations.
The NYS law was passed as a consumer protection bill. It was designed, not to protect animals, but to protect consumers and ONLY APPLIES TO RETAIL SALES. Wholesale breeders that supply pet stores and laboratories are exempt from the law.
It does not apply to commercial kennels, has no penalty for unlicensed operation, has no cap on the number of dogs, only inspects once a year, does not report care violations to local authorities and there are no penalty for violations, except minimal fines, most often imposed for failing to list the license number in their ads. It also has no provisions to address internet sales.
Everyone seems to know this, except HSUS, apparently.
Now the HSUS has provided breeders and their supporters with a terrific tool…..the HSUS seal of approval for the lack of protection in New York State Law.
What were they thinking???????
Please contact the HSUS and demand that they correct this misinformation and put the issue of commercial breeders and pet dealers on their agenda for their upcoming Humane Lobby Day in Albany.
Here is the facebook page for NY where you can post a comment: http://www.facebook.com/HSUSNewYork