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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 seven active random source dealers in the U.S. that supply animals to laboratories. Three are currently under federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violating animal welfare laws, including for illegally obtaining and selling animals from undocumented sources, falsifying records, and mistreating animals. The USDA recently took serious action against a fourth notorious Class B dealer—R&R Research—for obtaining dogs and cats from illegal sources and selling them to laboratories, including the University of Michigan. R&R's license may be revoked as a result of these proceedings, but until that time, the dealer is still in operation. And yet another random source dealer was recently sentenced to a year in federal prison for illegally obtaining dogs for sale to laboratories.

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. Last legislative session, Congress introduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 2256) to end this despicable enterprise once and for all.

Please use the form below to ask your congressional representatives to take action to prohibit Class B Dealers from selling lost, abandoned, and stolen animals to laboratories.


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