Stop the Illegal Trade of Dogs and Cats Sold for Research

Federal Legislation

Class B (or “random source”) animal dealers have a history of shady dealings in the acquisition of their dogs and cats—they’re notorious for providing animal testing facilities with strays, animals stolen from backyards, and dogs and cats obtained through “free to a good home” offers.

HR 689, the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2019, would limit the sources from which research facilities can obtain animals to use for research, testing and educational purposes. Under this bill, researchers would be effectively barred from obtaining animals from Class B dealers. This bill would also establish a $1,000 per animal penalty for anyone violating this provision.

This legislation was first introduced more than 20 years ago and has been reintroduced every session because the 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 2019.

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This entry was posted in News on February 15, 2019.
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