USA: Chance to Eliminate Class B Dealers in the United States – Please Take Action Now.

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US campaigners.

Please try and give your support to this very special campaign.  Call immediately – see ‘TAKE ACTION’ below.

Thanks – SAV.

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Subject: Finally moving to eliminate Class B Dealers in the United States
– please read and ACT!
Date: Sat, July 18, 2009 12:46 pm

Help Finally Ensure Stolen Pets Don’t Wind up in Laboratories

Congress is considering language to settle a decades long battle to prevent
pets acquired by “Class B dealers” from winding up in research labs. Class B
dealers are animal dealers whose operating licenses from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) allow them to round up dogs and cats from animal
shelters, auctions, private individuals and other “random sources,” and then
sell them for experimentation.

For years, investigators have documented these dealers abusing dogs and cats
before selling them to research facilities, and USDA has spent an
extraordinary amount of resources trying to keep tabs on them
. Now, the
National Academies of Sciences just issued a report stating that Class B
dealers are not necessary to provide random source dogs and cats for
NIH-funded research.
The report also said that the “USDA simply cannot
assure that stolen or lost pets will not enter research laboratories via the
Class B dealer system.”

With only 11 of these dealers left, and 5 currently under investigation by
the USDA, it’s time to finally put these disreputable middlemen out of
business.

TAKE ACTION

Your U.S. Representative, Betty McCollum, sits on the subcommittee that is
considering this language and is in a critical position to ensure that pets
are protected from abuse and theft for experimentation. Please call Rep.
McCollum at (202) 225-6631 and insist that this language be included to
finally put an end to Class B Dealers.

When you call, you will speak to a staff member who will take your message
and pass it along to your legislator. Please remember to be polite and
professional, and leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a
constituent.

You can say: “Hello, my name is [your name] and I’m calling
from [your town] to urge Representative McCollum to include language in
the Labor HHS Appropriations bill prohibiting the use of dogs and cats
from Class B dealers for research, to prevent pet theft and abuse.

Thank you.”

“The greatness of a nation and its’ moral progress can be judged by the way
its animals are treated.” Mahatma Ghandi

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