Auction Houses of Horror
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in our Fall Newsletter. USDA immediately responded with the following statement, "We will closely monitor auctions and will keep an eye out for the concerns that the Alliance noted in its Newsletter."
Although there are federal and state laws to protect dogs in puppy mills from abuse, little is being done to stop the marketing and trading of sick and infirm animals at dog auctions.This year alone, dozens of sick dogs have been auctioned off at Missouri's two dog auction sites.
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U.S. Court of Appeals Rules USDA May Not Renew the Annual License of a Chronic Violator
For the first time in the history of the Animal Welfare Act, a Court has ruled that the USDA may not renew a license of a chronic violator when the record before the Agency shows that the licensee has habitually been cited for major violations of the statute.
In response, USDA wants to only require a license renewal every 3-5 years which will allow animals to suffer for several more years in the hands of chronic violators.
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President of MPBA Fined $6K for Violations of the Animal Welfare Act
This past March of 2017, the Missouri Pet Breeders Association (MPBA) which serves as the trade association and lobbying arm for the commercial dog breeding industry in Missouri, elected a new president: Kevin Beauchamp, operator of Beauchamp's Puppy World.
One month later, in April, Mr. Beauchamp was issued a cease and desist order, license suspension and fined $6,000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for chronic violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
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