Give Pets a Second Chance: Get Rid of Class B Dealers

Unfortunately, there are some situations where pet owners can no longer continue to care for their animals. While owners may try their best to give their pets a second chance at having a forever home, they may be unwittingly putting them in situations where they can become the victims of Class B dealers.

Class B dealers are animal brokers who find and sell dogs and cats to schools and research institutions for a profit. Their methods of acquisition range from going to shelters, answering classified ads, and in some cases stealing pets who are left unattended outside. Class B dealers also buy animals from “bunchers,” who collect animals from random sources.

Class B dealers are regulated by the USDA and are responsible for following guidelines of care outlined by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). However, even the AWA only requires minimal care standards and there have been multiple violations where animals suffer with no food, water or veterinary care, among other issues, and there is little or no accountability.

“Currently, over half of the Class B Dealers selling random source animals to research labs are under investigation by the USDA for allegedly failing to comply with the law,” according to the ASPCA.

The Pet Safety and Protection Act, sponsored by Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA), has been proposed to amend the AWA in order to ensure that animals used in research are obtained legally.

According to the ASPCA, if the Pet Safety and Protection Act is passed, the AWA would be amended so that the only people who would be allowed to sell dogs and cats to research facilities would be:

  • Dealers who have bred and raised the animals.
  • Publicly owned pounds or shelters that obtained the animals from their legal owners.
  • A person donating a dog or cat whom they have bred and raised, or owned for at least one year.

These categories of people are already allowed to sell to research. The Pet Safety and Protection Act would not change that or give them more rights than they currently have. This bill would eliminate Class B dealers and take away any incentive for others to illegally source animals for a profit.

While this may not help the thousands of animals who are legally obtained for research purposes, it will help animals like Cruella from unnecessary pain and suffering. 

Send a letter to your representatives through the ASPCA asking them to support the Pet Safety and Protection Act. 


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William C
William Cabout a year ago


W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

antonia maestre
antonia maestre5 years ago

‎"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men"
- St. Francis of Assisi

Kerah Botham
Kerah Botham6 years ago

The bill may be a good attempt at doing better, but the best thing is to close all Class B dealers down.

Dianne Lane
Dianne Lane6 years ago

Let people experiment on the people who sell the poor innocent animals!!! WE HAVE TO HELP STOP THIS TORTURE!!!!!

Caro M.
Kristy M6 years ago

Shut them down!

richa blue akasha
Raiin Blue6 years ago

we need harsher punishments for animal abusers!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

thank you

Jay Digiandomenico
J Digiandomenico6 years ago


antonia maestre
antonia maestre6 years ago

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."
-- Leonardo Da Vinci