A Page One article in The Sun today says that the Department of Agriculture has stripped out a database of animal-welfare reports designed to combat the evils of "puppy mills."
The article says the federal action endangers Maryland legislation banning pet shops from selling dogs raised in puppy mills.
Animal activists say the State law is unenforceable without the federal database to check on the origins of puppies offered for sale.
Puppy mills are a blight on humanity and their operators should receive extreme sanction under the law.
I plan to write to Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and Rep. Ruppersberger urging them to find out why the USDA dropped the database last month and to require its restoration immediately. I hope all animal lovers will do the same.
We see enough intra-human cruelty and more than enough animal cruelty. Anything that weakens efforts by the Humane Society and the SPCA to combat puppy mills should be stopped at once.