Source: PR Newswire

The ASPCA released a report critiquing the USDA’s enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act in licensed facilities during the 2023 fiscal year. Despite over 1,000 violations found at more than 400 dog dealers, only four faced consequences. Problematic dealers continued operating despite consistent violations, impacting the welfare of vulnerable animals. Examples included instances of neglect and cruelty, yet the USDA failed to take sufficient action.

The ASPCA urged Congress to address these failures by passing Goldie’s Act, which mandates stricter inspections, penalties for violations, and reporting of cruelty to local authorities. The bipartisan bill has gained support and attention, aiming to improve animal welfare oversight in federally licensed facilities. For more details and the full analysis, visit the ASPCA’s website.

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