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Overseas puppy mills: A good new rule to stem a cruel business
Overseas puppy mills: A good new rule to stem a cruel business

A tough new federal rule should help stem the import into the U.S. of dogs from overseas puppy mills. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the rule, which prohibits dogs being imported into the U.S. from foreign countries for resale unless they are in good health, have had vaccinations and are at least 6 months old. That age cutoff is the big news for animal welfare advocates who have been battling against puppy mills, which are the factory farms of dog breeding — overcrowded, filthy and full of dogs being overbred. “What will really take a bite out of the international trade is that people can’t import puppies younger than 6 months,” says Deborah Press,...

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