Please Ask Your Representative to Protect Companion Animals from Sale to Laboratories
Despite a shrinking market and increased public scrutiny, a small number of individuals continue the unscrupulous business of selling random source dogs and cats for use in experimentation. That is why Congress needs to pass H.R. 2849, The Pet Safety and Protection Act. Reintroduced by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), this bill would put an end to an abuse-ridden system under which a small number of so-called Class B (random source) dealers supply non-purpose-bred dogs and cats for use in research. These dealers and their middleman cohorts, called "bunchers," acquire the dogs and cats they sell from a variety of sources. They routinely violate the Animal Welfare Act, have been known to obtain animals through fraud, deception, and outright theft, and falsify their records. They keep the animals in horrendous conditions. The US Department of Agriculture, which licenses and regulates random source dealers, has acknowledged that it can't guarantee that people's companion animals are not being illegally acquired by these dealers and sold for use in experiments.
What You Can Do:
Please ask your representative to cosponsor H. R. 2849 to protect companion animals and establish integrity in the provision of dogs and cats for research purposes. You can send an email through the Compassion Index by clicking here, where you will find suggested talking points to include in your email.
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As always, thank you very much for your help!