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Breed Wars: The Rise of Illegal Dog Imports

With more and more puppy mills being shut down due increasing state regulations the number of pets available for purchase has decreased dramatically. Unfortunately this has lead to a large increase in the number of illegal pet imports.


While illegal pet imports have always been a problem, the percentage of dogs illegally imported was never a large problem until now.

Because of these bans on puppy mills many breeders are getting around these increasing regulations by illegally importing dogs and puppies raised in foreign countries.

The major problem with this rise in illegal dog imports is that we have very little say in how these dogs are raised. Also many of these dogs come in unvaccinated and can be carrying zoonotic diseases like rabies.

But the American public has a large appetite for pets, and most people who want one usually don't care whether it comes from a foreign country or from the United States.

Because of this many people argue that instead of just shutting down all the puppy mills, we should try and to a better job of regulating them.

Unless there are specific regulations passed limiting the number of pets people can own, the American public will continue buying pets legally and illegally.

It is always a popular thing for elected officials to shut down puppy mills, but none of them would dare try to pass regulation limiting families to owing just one dog.

If you are concerned about the large increase in illegal dog imports, and then please contact your elected officials today.

It is only by going through a long and thought out process can the American pet supply be both healthy and legal.

Responsible dog breeding is a must in today's society. To learn more about the subject of illegal dog imports, visit our veterinary blog.

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