Deny License Renewals for Class B Dealers:
No Profit For Pain

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Originally Posted: 28 May 2009

Deny License Renewals for Class B Dealers:
No Profit For Pain

From American Anti-Vivisection Society

Contact USDA and urge the agency to eliminate Class B dealers.


Sign the online petition here

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4978


For years there has been intense public scrutiny regarding random-source animal brokers called Class B dealers and their methods of obtaining dogs and cats, as well as the care and treatment they provide to animals at their facilities. Congress has also voiced concern, calling for the creation of an Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Committee to investigate the issue, and federal legislation aimed at eliminating random-source Class B dealers has been considered.

Regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), legislation outlining the minimal standards of care for animals in research and other industries, random-source Class B dealers typically obtain dogs and cats from shelters and then sell them to education and research facilities. Currently, there are 10 random-source Class B dealers operating in the U.S., and the majority have been cited by USDA for multiple violations of the AWA, including C&C Kennels (Wewoka, Oklahoma) and R&R Research (Howard City, Michigan).

The above-mentioned random-source Class B dealers have committed violations that range from failure to provide clean, safe housing and adequate veterinary care and treatment to obtaining animals from illegal sources. Although USDA considers these dealers high risk and inspects them at least four times a year, the agency continues to allow them to retain their licenses. As a result, these dealers are profiting from animal pain and misfortune. In fact, random-source Class B dealers have pocketed well over $3.5 million over the course of just three years, despite their unscrupulous activities.

It is the USDA’s responsibility to enforce the AWA to ensure that dealers are humanely caring for and legally obtaining animals. Rather than continuing to repeatedly cite random-source Class B dealers with AWA violations, USDA should terminate their licenses.


The majority of random-source Class B animal dealers have committed violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)--some repeatedly--yet they continue to remain in operation today. These violations range from failure to provide clean, safe housing to obtaining animals from illegal sources. As a result, these dealers are profiting from animal pain and misfortune.

I am writing to emphatically urge you to deny license renewals of dealers with a history of violating the AWA. It is the USDA's responsibility to uphold the AWA by ensuring that dealers are humanely caring for and legally obtaining animals, and the best way to do this is to eliminate random-source Class B dealers that continue to violate this law.

Thank you...

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