H.R. 2224: The Pet Safety and Protection Act
The Pet Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 2224), introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), prohibits random-source Class B dealers from selling dogs and cats for use in experiments. Under this abuse-ridden system, a small number of unscrupulous dealers supply labs with non-purpose-bred dogs and cats. So-called random source Class B dealers and their middleman cohorts, called “bunchers,” acquire the dogs and cats they sell from a variety of sources. They keep the animals in horrendous conditions, routinely violate the Animal Welfare Act, obtain animals through fraud, deception, and outright theft, and falsify their records. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which licenses and regulates these dealers, has acknowledged that it is unable to guarantee that dogs and cats collected and sold by these dealers are not being illegally acquired.