Target: US Representative Frank Lucas, Chairman, US House Committee on Agriculture
Goal: Stop the selling of lost and stolen dogs and cats to laboratories for experimentation
Every day helpless dogs and cats are stolen from their owners, taken from shelters, or rounded up as strays and sold to research facilities where they’re subjected to painful experimentation. This disturbing activity involves Class B animal dealers – or “random source” dealers – many of whom acquire dogs and cats through fraud or outright theft in order to sell them into a life of suffering. It is common for dealers to respond to “free to a good home” pet ads, or otherwise misrepresent themselves in order to procure animals for little cost and then sell them for hundreds of dollars each. Dealers also depend upon so-called “bunchers”, or unlicensed individuals paid to collect as many dogs and cats as possible, no questions asked.
Not only do these animals face torture at the hands of experimenters, but in order to save money, dealers often fail to provide adequate food, shelter or veterinary care for dogs and cats in their custody. Once the family pet, a dog without his tags, or a cat in a government shelter, is seen as a commodity, humane treatment of the animal vanishes. They are no longer seen as living, feeling creatures, but merely a means to a paycheck. PETA’s undercover investigations have demonstrated that abuse at the hands of dealers is not only a fact, but frequently goes unpunished. While it is the responsibility of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to license Class B dealers, sadly, for a small fee, anyone may be licensed.
In an attempt to eliminate this heinous practice and remove the financial incentive behind it, Congress introduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 2224). This bill, which amends the Animal Welfare Act, would make it illegal for Class B dealers to sell random source cats and dogs to research facilities. On June 3, 2013 the bill was referred to the House Agricultural Committee, where it remains today. Without your support the Pet Safety and Protection Act will likely die. Please urge Representative Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, to move this important bill forward so we can put an end to the cruelty and lies.
Dear Chairman Lucas,
We were distressed to learn that lost and stolen family pets are often sold to research laboratories by Class B animal dealers for cruel experiments. Frequently, the techniques used by these “random source” dealers to acquire dogs and cats are fraudulent and the treatment of the animals inhumane.
While the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) has failed to protect innocent pets from the unscrupulous activities of dealers, the Pet Safety and Protection Act, H.R. 2224, closes a loophole in the AWA and ensures that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally. We therefore urge you to move the Pet Safety and Protection Act to the House floor and support the bill in a vote. End the Class B trade and stop the abuse and deception once and for all.
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