A Proposed Bill To Ban Sales of Stray Pets To Labs

DogEvery year, about 18,000 dogs and cats are sold by “Class B” dealers to university and research labs. These middlemen find these animals through flea markets, free-to-good-home ads, and sometimes they find stray or lost pets to sell to these labs. The Humane Society is proposing a bill named Buck’s Bill that would make it illegal for these “Class B” dealers to sell pets with an unknown source like lost and stray pets to research labs. Under the bill, animals could still be sold to labs if they were sold by a breeder or donated by an owner or shelter. The bill is still pending before both the House and Senate committees.

4 Responses to “A Proposed Bill To Ban Sales of Stray Pets To Labs”

  1. Cynthia says:

    Here is all the information you need to help get The Pet Safety and Protection Act passed…

    http://www.lcanimal.org/cmpgn/cmpgn_dog_pspa.htm

    The Pet Safety and Protection Act (S. 714 & H.R. 1280) was introduced in the Senate by Senator Akaka (D-HI) and in the House by Representatives English (D-PA) and Doyle (D-PA). When passed, the Act will amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that all animals used in research are obtained legally by prohibiting USDA licensed Class “B” Dealers (like C.C. Baird) from supplying cats and dogs to research facilities.

    Class “B” dealers are licensed to purchase and sell animals to research. They are only supposed to obtain animals for re-sale from other “B” dealers, pounds and shelters and from persons who have bred and raised the animals themselves.

    However, “B” dealers routinely violate the law by acquiring animals from fraudulent sources and abusing and neglecting them. These animals are often stolen pets, strays or animals obtained under false pretenses and deception such as “free to good home” ads. It is virtually impossible to know the true history of an animal acquired by a Class “B” dealer. Each time a Class “B” dealer sells an animal to a research lab, a strong possibility exists that it is a lost or stolen family pet.

    There are only 15 random source Class “B” dog and cat dealers left that sell animals to research facilities. Please help to get rid of these remaining Class “B” dealers and ensure that animals purchased by research facilities are obtained legally.

    Buck’s Bill
    This bill is also known as “Buck’s Bill.” In 2003, “Buck” was one of the many animals rescued during a raid of the nation’s most notorious Class “B” dealer, C.C. Baird. Extremely ill on the day of his rescue, Buck struggled with Stage 3 heartworm disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and parasitic pneumonia. His heart was paper-thin due to the heartworm. After his rescue, he was in such bad shape that he stayed at the vet clinic for seven months. When he was well enough, he went to a foster home where he lived until he died a few months later from internal hemorrhaging. All who knew Buck fell in love with him. “Buck’s Bill” serves to honor Buck and all the dogs and cats that die due to inadequate care and abuse at the hands of Class “B” dealers.

    Your Help is Needed to Pass the Buck’s Bill!

    The Act has never been so close to passing as a result of the attention garnered from “Dealing Dogs” - the HBO documentary of LCA’s undercover investigation and bust of Class “B” dealer, C.C. Baird.

    We urge you to do all of the following to help ensure the Act gets passed:

    Contact your two U.S. Senators by phone, e-mail, fax and mail
    – URGE them to co-sponsor The Pet Safety and Protection Act. Call 1-888-VOTESMART or click here for senator contact information.

    Contact your U.S. Representative by phone, e-mail, fax and mail
    - URGE him/her to co-sponsor the Pet Safety and Protection Act. Call 1-888-VOTESMART or click here for representative contact information.

    Sign our Petition
    Download a copy of LCA’s Pet Safety and Protection Act petition HERE. Collect signatures from residents of your state and mail the petitions back to LCA: 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

    Sample letter/phone call: Please make your calls and letters short and polite. Here is a sample:

    “My name is (your name) and I’m (calling/writing) from (your city and state). As a constituent of (Senator/Rep’s name), I urge (Senator/Rep’s name) to co-sponsor The Pet Safety and Protection Act (S. 714/H.R. 1280). The bill calls for animal research facilities to obtain their animals legally, and not from Class “B” dealers. Class “B” dealers routinely violate the Animal Welfare Act by fraudulently obtaining animals and abusing and neglecting them. It is imperative that this act be passed. Thank you.”

  2. Katie says:

    I sure hope the Senate and House pass this bill for the protection of all animals. Hopefully in time breeders and shelters will also do away with providing labs with animals.

    Katie

  3. John C. says:

    Please write your Congressmen today…this must be passed! It is only a beginning but an important one. “Bless the beasts and the children. In this world they have no choice, they have no voice. Bless the beasts and the children. For the world will never be, the world they see!” God help us all…

  4. Anonymous says:

    As busy as you all are with the pet food poisoning, I hope everyone will respond to this action item regarding the recycling of former pets as lab experiments. I have some insight into this that I am going to share. It is a painful memory for me but nothing compared to the horrible end that these little ones come to.

    When I first got out of college, I had an interview for a job as a research assistant in the heart surgery unit of a major university hospital in the Midwest. I passed the first verbal interviews and then was told that the final “test” would be to see how I reacted to seeing the dogs that were used in the heart surgery experiments. I want to make it clear that this situation was AS GOOD AS IT GETS in animal research. It was a top-notch institution, the doctors were NOT sadistic and the research was valid. My little brother had even been treated there as a child for a brain tumor.
    So I wanted to believe in what they were doing. But the doctor said it was difficult for some people to deal with the fact that dogs were used in these experiments. So we walked together down a hallway where a couple of glass-fronted recovery chambers were set into the wall. A small dog was in one still deep in anesthesia. He looked very peaceful but you can imagine what the wound is like from open-heart surgery. I thought of how he would feel when he woke up.

    Then we entered the kennel room. There was no peace there. When the dogs saw me, a stranger, they hoped that I would rescue them and a cacophony of barking, yelping, whining, and pleading scratching broke out. Their eyes were desperate. The dogs were of a variety of breeds and mixes, all obviously former pets that had been seized from a pound or stolen or whatever. This is no way for a companion animal to end up!!! To be used like a biological model in even valid research is just plain wrong for pets. It is wrong for people to fear that this torturous end might befall their pet if they could no longer care for it or should it become lost or stolen. Even with the best care possible, this was barbaric and every last dog I saw in this room that were stacked in steel cages on either side of me was terrified and suffering acute anxiety.

    Please take the time to go to the link and write the letters. It is uncomfortable to think about, but your discomfort is nothing compared to theirs and they only have you to count on to stop this practice. It has gone on way too long, already!

    By the way, I failed that last part of the interview.

    Feel free to post this elsewhere if it will help get the job done. We should not be pointing fingers at other cultures when we allow this to go on behind closed doors in our own country.


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