Congress Considers Pet Safety and Protection Act

The bill would ensure that cats and dogs used at research facilities are not obtained illegally.

Posted: March 30, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Congress is considering legislation that would amend the current animal welfare act to ensure that all cats and dogs used in research facilities are obtained legally.

The legislation, commonly known as the 2007 Pet Safety and Protection Act, was introduced in the Senate Feb. 28 by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and in the House March 1 by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA).

The legislation would protect pets from unscrupulous dealers and “bunchers” who obtain unclaimed animals from animal shelters, newspaper ads or through illegal means and sell them to test labs.

The 2007 Pet Safety and Protection Act would:

  • Prohibit “random source” Class B animal dealers and unlicensed individuals from selling cats and dogs to laboratories

  • Prevent stray animals, which could be lost pets, from being sold to laboratories

  • Permit breeders (Class A dealers) to supply animals to laboratories

  • Permit research facilities that breed animals to supply them to other research facilities

  • Permit registered public pounds that receive animals turned in by their owners to provide these animals to research facilities

  • Permit individuals to donate their own animals to laboratories for research purposes

The new regulations would take effect 90 days after signed into law. Anyone found breaking the law would be subject to a $1,000 fine per violation. No votes on the legislation have been scheduled for either chamber of Congress yet.

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Rachel    Hillsdale, MI

5/10/2010 9:16:27 AM

I agree with "blank", and hope that this law is just another one of many steps in the right direction.

Deb    Pittsburgh, PA

9/18/2009 4:38:29 PM

I totally agree, animals shouldn't be used in labs at all.

blank    blank, TN

8/23/2009 4:10:56 PM

Maybe they could work it into this law that any animals that are about to be euthanised in shelters can be used for lab research. Instead of selling perfectly good animals to labs, we can use the animals that will be euthanised anyhow. Its almost like recycling? Its better our homeless animals go to good use.

kino    Spring Valley, CA

3/30/2007 9:11:31 PM

thanks for sharing

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