Please Ask Your Representative to Protect Beloved Companion Animals from Sale to Laboratories

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Update

We are grateful to Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) for introducing H.R. 1141, the Pet Safety and Protection Act. While H.R. 1141 did not receive a vote, its goal of preventing Class B random source dealers from supplying dogs and cats to laboratories for use in experiments has been achieved in the short term by denying funds for licensing such dealers. AWI will be working to ensure that the Pet Safety and Protection Act is reintroduced in the 116th Congress to permanently close this supply line.

Please Ask Your Representative to Protect Beloved Companion Animals from Sale to Laboratories - Photo from flickr Choubb

Dear Humanitarian,

Despite a shrinking market and increased public scrutiny, a small number of individuals continue to profit by selling random source dogs and cats for use in experimentation. That is why Congress needs to pass H.R. 1141, Pet Safety and Protection Act. Reintroduced by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), this bill would put an end to what has long been an abuse-ridden system under which "Class B" (random source) dealers supply non-purpose-bred dogs and cats for use in research. Historically, these dealers and their middleman cohorts, called "bunchers," were known to acquire the dogs and cats they sell from a variety of sources. They routinely violated the Animal Welfare Act, obtained animals through fraud, deception, and outright theft, and falsified their records. Inspection reports documented that animals were kept in horrendous conditions. The US Department of Agriculture, which licenses and regulates random source dealers, acknowledged that it couldn't guarantee that people's companion animals were not being illegally acquired by these dealers and sold for use in experiments. As long as dealers can claim the animals they purchase and re-sell were acquired legally, it is hard to prove otherwise, and there is a financial incentive to exploit a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act unless this bill is adopted by Congress.