USDA Delivers A Crucial Blow To Puppy Mills

USDA Delivers A Crucial Blow To Puppy Mills

Kevin Shea, U.S. Department of Agriculture's new administrator of Animal and Plant health Inspection Service, made big news with the institution of rules that will restrict the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits via phone, email and the Internet. Non-retail pet sales are a primary source of revenue for large-scale, commercial-breeding operations known as puppy mills, which are often associated with animal mistreatment. We speak to Shea about the intent and implications of the new regulations.

China Crisis: There is growing concern among scientists that many of the 1 billion hogs raised on commercial farms in the world’s most populous country carry diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. The alarming implications of this development are at the heart of a report from Ruth Morris of PRI’s "The World." Music: “Madeira River” and “Arrumcao” by Uakti

Kevin Shea, U.S. Department of Agriculture's new administrator of Animal and Plant health Inspection Service, made big news with the institution of rules that will restrict the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits via phone, email and the Internet. Non-retail pet sales are a primary source of revenue for large-scale, commercial-breeding operations known as puppy mills, which are often associated with animal mistreatment. We speak to Shea about the intent and implications of the new regulations.

China Crisis: There is growing concern among scientists that many of the 1 billion hogs raised on commercial farms in the world’s most populous country carry diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. The alarming implications of this development are at the heart of a report from Ruth Morris of PRI’s "The World." Music: “Madeira River” and “Arrumcao” by Uakti

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February 18, 2014 - 12:14am