Written by PETA
One danger faced by
dogs and cats who are left
or turned over to disreputable animal shelters is that they could wind up in the hands of Class B dealers,
people who profit by acquiring "random source" animals and selling them
for use in cruel and deadly experiments.
Now, a bill before Congress, the federal Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011, would outlaw the seedy underworld of Class B dealers and end the trafficking of
lost, abandoned, and stolen animals in the
Such a law is long overdue. A 2010 congressional report
stated that Class B dealers have been violating the law for many years,
including mistreating animals and even fraudulently obtaining them from
unknowing citizens looking to place cats and dogs into loving homes. In fact, five
of the eight active Class B dealers in the country are currently under
investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their continued
violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Even as these businesses
flout the law, they are allowed to continue profiting off the backs of homeless
animals with the endorsement of the U.S. government.
Please, never give unwanted animals
away to strangers or let your dogs or cats roam outside alone.
Click here to urge
your representatives in Congress to support the federal Pet Safety
and Protection Act of 2011, which would stop Class B dealers from profiting off
the suffering of animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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