Animal-welfare groups have joined forces to launch a petition to the White House in efforts to tighten rules on puppy mills and commercial dog breeders. Drafted by the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the petition calls for President Obama to increase regulations on the industry and mandate large-scale commercial breeders who sell puppies to abide by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Act, thereby increasing standards for humane care and treatment. Nearly 12,000 people have signed the online petition, which must acquire 25,000 signatures by October 23 in order to receive an official response from the White House.
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