Progress: ‘Random-Source’ Cat and Dog Dealers Barred by POTUS

Published by PETA.

Right before the holidays, President Obama signed the 2016 spending bill into law, and it included a gift not only for monkeys but also for cats and dogs: no more licenses for cruel “Class B” dog and cat dealers.

Who Were Class B Dealers?

Class B dealers, sometimes called “random-source” dealers or “bunchers,” obtained cats and dogs as strays or from animal shelters, breeders, or “free to a good home” ads—or even stole them from people’s property.*This video from PETA’s eyewitness investigation inside Professional Laboratory and Research Services—which closed after PETA’s exposé—shows how cats and dogs obtained from unscrupulous Class B dealers were abused and tormented in cruel experiments.

And now, random-source dealers will no longer have a license to kill—or, more precisely, a license to sell to killers. Congress approved the ban on funding U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) licenses for Class B dealers. Without a license from the USDA, the Class B dealers cannot operate.

Before this year, for a nominal fee, anyone could obtain a Class B license and sell homeless, stray, or other questionably obtained cats and dogs to laboratories. Now, no one can.

What You Can Do

Cats and dogs are still suffering in laboratories. Tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to end experiments on dogs, cats, and other animals and instead switch to humane animal-free research methods.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind