Why buy from a USDA Licensed breeder?
USDA has a department called APHIS ( Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) which overlooks animal care facilities in the USA.
Some rabbit breeders are exempt from licenses as they are considered "hobby breeders." Such breeders are not required to have a license as they do not have more than $500.00 per year in sales.
Here are some facts you should know if you are considering to adopt from a out of state breeder
1-If a breeder have more then 5 breeding does, she should be licensed. It's the law!
2-Only a licensed breeder can Legally ship a rabbit sight-unseeing in the USA. So if you are buying a bunny from a breeder that lives in a different state and your bunny is being shipped prior to you meeting him face- to face in person, your breeder MUST be licensed, if she is not, she is doing business illegally.
3- If the breeder sales her rabbits and have more than $500.00 in revenue per year from her rabbit sales, she must be licensed.
Why should you care? Quote from https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare
"USDA Animal Care is responsible for upholding and enforcing the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The Animal Welfare Act and its associated regulations require that federally established standards of care and treatment be provided for certain warm-blooded animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially or exhibited to the public.
Q. Does the use of video or other electronic means to view pets for sale constitute a “face-to face” transaction?
A. No. The buyer, seller, and the pet available for sale must all be physically present at the time of purchase or before taking custody of the animal in order to meet the definition of a “face-to-face” transaction and remain exempt from licensing. Photos, webcam images, Skype sessions or other electronic means of communication are not a substitute for the buyer or their designee personally observing the animal.
Q. Does this rule mean that no rabbits, guinea pigs, (domestic pocket pets) etc… can be sold over the internet?
A. No. Breeders of rabbits or small pocket pets who have less than $500.00 in sales per year are not required to be licensed with the USDA and may sell their animals sight unseen. These same breeders who have more than $500.00 in sales per year and choose to sell their animals sight unseen, may continue to do so as long as they obtain a USDA license.
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In order to protect your family from infectious diseases you must buy only from licensed breeders. In case of a sudden epidemic, USDA can only track and contact people who purchased their pets from licensed breeders.
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