Target: The American research facilities and universities involved with Class B Dealers and animal experimentation.
Goal: Put Class B Dealers out of business by demanding research facilities stop using them to purchase dogs and cats for experiments.
For some pets, being adopted from a shelter means a life of happiness with a new family. Other animals aren’t so lucky and fall into the hands of Class B Dealers. According to the Humane Society there are 8 active Class B Dealers doing business throughout the country. They get their animals by taking advantage of rescue shelters, flea markets, animal auctions, and private individuals, then transport and resell them to laboratories for experimentation.
The horrors animals experience in the hands of Class B Dealers include “inadequate provision of veterinary care, food and water; inhumane handling; fraudulent paperwork that is required to prove an animal is not a stolen pet; and outright trafficking in stolen pets”. Some of these dealers have been known to steal pets straight from the yard of their owners, others fake adoptions. Regardless of how they attain the animals, they lack licenses for the pets and treat them with cruelty and abuse.
Many laboratories and universities have done away with Class B Dealers due to the inhumane practices they use. However, there are still between 40 and 50 facilities that use this outdated way of purchasing dogs and cats, usually very cheap, through these dealers. Not only should animals not be tortured and killed for the purpose of experimentation, but they have no right doing such research on other people’s pets.
The Humane Society provides a list of the research facilities who continue to use Class B Dealers to provide them with dogs and cats to experiment.
Dear Research Facilities and University Laboratories,
It is alarming to know that research facilities like your own still experiment on animals and use Class B Dealers. These dealers take innocent animals from shelters, private individuals, and even steal them from their owners, only to end up in a life of suffering in a laboratory.
This method of experimentation is inhumane and should not be used at any facility. While some animals get adopted or rescued into loving families, others face their fate in labs and locked up in cages only to be tortured in the name of research.
The Humane Society states that, “Class B Dealers were found to have missing pets at their holding facilities or were cited by the USDA for failure to comply with the Animal Welfare Act including even the most basic requirements for food, water, shelter and veterinary care for animals in their possession”. No respectable institution should enable this cruel treatment of animals.
I urge you to stop keeping Class B Dealers in business by purchasing the unfortunate pets. The trafficking of animals is inhumane and should not be supported by any university or facility in the country.
[Your Name Goes Here]