U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) has introduced HR 2224, the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2013. This legislation would prohibit research facilities from using animals obtained from random source Class B dealers, animal brokers who obtain shelter animals to sell to research and education facilities. Class B dealers have been under scrutiny for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including for the illegal acquisition of animals, improper recording keeping, and failure to provide veterinary care as needed. The Pet Safety and Protection Act will amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure all dogs and cats used by research facilities are legally obtained.
Contact your representatives and urge them to vote in favor of HR 2224, the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2013.