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.
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.