The Pet Safety and Protection Act, a bill to stop the sale of dogs and cats to research laboratories by random source dealers, is being introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Philip English (R-PA) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) as we go to press. A companion to S. 451, introduced in the Senate by Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), the bill would ensure that beloved companion animals are not stolen and sold for experimentation—a laudable goal that Congress has sought to achieve since it passed the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) 40 years ago. In writing your Representative, you may wish to mention that only 10 of these notorious dealers selling live dogs and cats remain, and six of them are currently under investigation by the US Department of Agriculture for failing to comply with the requirements of the AWA.

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