NoVEMBER 17 , 2011
Help Keep Lost and Stolen Dogs and Cats Out of Labs
Across the United States each year, a small handful of Class B animal dealers—also known as "random source" dealers—acquire dogs and cats who may have been stolen from yards, picked up on the streets, taken from animal shelters, or obtained fraudulently from well-intentioned people who place "free to a good home" ads. These dealers turn around and sell thousands of these dogs and cats—many of whom were once someone's faithful companion—to laboratories, where they are cut into, poisoned, and killed in cruel experiments.
There are eight active random source dealers in the U.S., five of which are currently under federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating animal welfare laws, including for illegally obtaining and selling animals from undocumented sources, falsifying records, and mistreating animals.
Because of rampant illegal activity in this industry, both the National Institutes of Health and the National Research Council have endorsed an end to the random source system. Further, Congress has introduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 2256) to prohibit Class B dealers from selling animals to laboratories. If passed, H.R. 2256 would provide more safety and security for the dogs and cats with whom many of us share our homes and would prevent thousands of homeless animals from winding up tormented and killed in laboratories.
Please use the form below to ask your congressional representatives to co-sponsor and support the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011, which would prohibit Class B Dealers from selling lost, abandoned, and stolen animals to laboratories.