Urge Support for the Pet Safety and Protection Act

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Originally Posted: 30 Sep 2010

Urge Support for the Pet Safety and Protection Act

[Ed. Note: Also read GAO Report Exposes Continuing Problems Regulating Random Source Class B Dealers.]

FROM American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS)

ACTION

Contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to spare America’s dogs and cats from a life in research laboratories by supporting the Pet Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 3907 and S. 1834).  This long-awaited bill that will plug the supply line from shelters to random source Class B dealers to research and university labs.

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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Past visitors to aavs.org may be familiar with Cruella, a shepherd mix from a small town in Michigan who was found wandering, wearing a purple collar and chain. Cruella was taken to a local pound and was later given to a random source Class B dealer, who, after holding her for six months, sold her to a university laboratory where she was killed after seven months. In reviewing her records, it was clear that Cruella had once been someone’s pet.

The American Anti-Vivisection Society was originally founded in an effort to prevent the sale of dogs like Cruella from shelters to laboratories, where they were destined to suffer and die in invasive experiments. Since then, AAVS has been advocating against such practices for over 125 years, and we have been successful in aiding in the implementation of pound seizure bans, including at the state level in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, pound seizure continues in some areas in the country, but there is now an opportunity to rid this practice of one group of particularly despicable players: random source Class B dealers.

Animal brokers who obtain dogs and cats from shelters and then sell them to research and education facilities, random source Class B dealers have a long history of Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations, some of which include illegal acquisition of animals, improper record keeping, and failure to provide adequate veterinary care. Today, there are 10 random source Class B dealers operating in the U.S., and six are under investigation for AWA violations. Despite this, random source Class B dealers continue to reap huge profits from their unscrupulous business dealings.

Although some may say there is a need for random source Class B dealers, the evidence does not support this claim. A decade ago, there were over 100 Class B dealers, but today there are only 10; and earlier this year, the National Academies’ Institute for Animal Research conducted a study, finding that random source Class B dealers are not necessary players in federally-funded research. Thankfully, the Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 3907 in the House and S. 1834 in the Senate), a long-awaited bill that will plug the supply line from shelters to random source Class B dealers to research and university labs, was introduced earlier this year.

The Pet Safety and Protection Act was drafted too late for Cruella. But passage of this important bill could help save other dogs and cats from her same fate.


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