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Originally Posted: 30 June 2009
Encourage USDA to Shut Down B Dealer, R&R Research
Tell the USDA to revoke the license of R&R Research who sell cats and dogs to animal experimenters.
Sign the online petition here
And/Or better yet, make direct contact:
Dr. Chester Gipson
Deputy Administrator of Animal Care
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (301) 734-4980
Based in Howard City, Michigan, R&R Research (R&R) is a Class B animal dealer that sells random source cats and dogs to research facilities. R&R has received multiple Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations, including several incidents where animals were obtained from illegal sources. For example, in 2005, R&R was cited for illegally obtaining a number of cats. USDA entered into a settlement agreement with R&R, allowing the dealer to stay in business.
This dealer has continued to violate the AWA. Just two years later, R&R was cited again. In fact, R&R was cited three times from September 2007 to March 2009 for obtaining cats and dogs from people who did not breed or raise the animals on their property, and were not licensed dealers, which is a violation of the AWA’s Protection of Pets section. According to the AWA, any dealer that violates this section of the AWA at least three times may have its license revoked.
It is USDA’s responsibility to uphold the AWA. Because R&R has a pattern of AWA violations, and continues to violate the AWA’s Protection of Pets section, USDA should exercise its authority by permanently revoking R&R’s license.
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