Across the country, over a million animals live in facilities regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture—like dogs in puppy mills and laboratories or bears and primates in roadside zoos—and are suffering.
Public contact with wild animals compromises animal welfare, jeopardizes public health and safety and fuels the exotic pet trade. And puppies and kittens living in pet mills are often left in tiny cages with no stimulation or enrichment opportunities. That’s why we are encouraged by the USDA’s recent announcement that it plans to propose new rules that could improve conditions for animals used in roadside zoos, puppy mills, and research laboratories.
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