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USDA APHIS Expected To Release Final Rule Impacting New Federal Pet Breeder Requirements


The American Kennel Club has learned that the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) will release in the near future a final version of new federal regulations that are expected to narrow the definition of a “retail pet store” with the purpose of bringing internet-based pet breeders and sellers under the regulation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). 

The AKC expressed strong concerns with a proposed version of this rule originally released in May, 2012.  The AKC Government Relations Team is following this issue closely and will provide more information on the final version of the rule, expected implementation dates, and analysis as additional information becomes available.

For more information, please visit AKC GR’s Regulatory Resources Page.  

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