This week’s Take Action Thursday urges a ban on the purchase of random source dogs and cats for research.
Class B (or “random source”) animal dealers have a history of bad-faith dealings in the acquisition of their dogs and cats, and are notorious for selling strays, animals stolen from backyards, and dogs and cats obtained through “free to a good home” offers to research and animal testing facilities.
HR 1142, the Pet Safety and Protection Act, would limit the sources from which research facilities can obtain animals to use for research, testing and educational purposes. Under this bill, researchers could only obtain animals from breeders, directly from owners, from registered pounds or shelters, or from other registered research facilities. This legislation was first introduced more than 20 years ago and has been reintroduced every session since then, because the problem of lack of accountability by Class B dealers remains unaddressed.
While NAVS firmly holds that NO animal—regardless of source—should be used for research, eliminating access to unethically-sourced animals is still an important step that will protect countless animals from the cruelty of laboratory experiments.
Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to support this bill and move it forward towards passage in 2018.
Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia recently signed into law two important pieces of legislation aimed at protecting animals from exploitation in research. SB 28 prohibits state funding of any medically unnecessary scientific or medical research on a dog or cat that causes significant pain or distress to the animal without pain relief. HB 1087 requires nonmedical research testing facilities in the state to use alternative methods of safety testing in place of using animals for cosmetics, personal care, household and other chemical testing, if the alternative provides equivalent or better scientific information.
Both laws will take effect on July 1 of this year. Congratulations to Virginia advocates on these victories!