Lara Trump has teamed up with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Brian Mast (R-Fla.) to crack down on loose regulations on puppy mills.
According to a report by The Washington Examiner, the three animal advocates are campaigning for people to show support for the proposed new rules in order to ensure licensed breeders are giving their animals good treatment. In a letter, the trio explained their initiative:
“This is the least we can do to ensure that the dogs who produce America’s next generation of pets, the loving animals that so many of us consider part of our families, are protected and have a life worth living — at the very least, that’s what they deserve. Dogs in commercial breeding operations deserve a decent quality of life, not just a clean bowl of water and an annual vet exam.”
As IJR Red previously reported, Trump and the two lawmakers have successfully supported other animal rights’ legislation in the past, such as calling for an end to controversial dog experiments at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA.)
Now, they are focusing on the current lack of rules for breeders:
“But current rules under the Animal Welfare Act only require enough cage space for dogs in puppy mills to turn around and lie down, and the rules allow cages to be stacked one on top of another, which stresses animals, encourages overcrowding, reduces fresh air flow, and prevents proper sanitation.”
They laid out the new proposed rules for dog breeding and how the dogs should be housed.
“What is needed is to double the required cage space so that dogs have room to move, not just turn around, and it should require ground-level, unstacked cages,” they said. “In addition, USDA should ban once and for all the practice of keeping dogs on painful gridded or wire flooring that can hurt their feet.”
BREAKING: @USDA has proposed a new rule to crack down on the worst puppy mills & roadside zoos. Tell @USDA you support this rule that will help tens of thousands of animals now languishing in puppy mills & roadside zoos! https://t.co/ketQxyBEIf pic.twitter.com/HH8nnAuAiW
— The Humane Society of the United States (@HumaneSociety) March 21, 2019
Trump also spoke out about the new rules, saying that she hopes that the new rules will begin to get rid of “puppy mills” for good.
“My hope is that we never have to call them puppy mills again,” Trump said. “Hopefully by changing these rules it weeds out the bad actors.”