STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF ANIMAL DEALERS

Should someone who has violated the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) or state cruelty laws have a license to sell animals?

NO! And you can help make sure that this doesn’t happen.

USDA is considering changing its licensing regulations under the AWA and is asking the public for input on the matter by November 2.

Existing regulations mean that animal dealers have their licenses automatically renewed, including those who have a history of violating the AWA. To know this is a problem, we need only look at random source Class B dealers, which can legally acquire dogs and cats from pounds and then sell them so they can be used in research. AAVS has documented several incidents in which random source dealers with recent AWA violations have had their licenses renewed, allowing them to stay in business, and putting lost/stolen dogs and cats at risk of being sold to a lab.

Current administrative regulations present barriers to common sense limits on licensed entities that are chronic violators. Changes are needed, but, not surprisingly, there is a great deal of resistance from the businesses that have licenses.

YOUR voice for the animals is needed now to make sure USDA follows the right path.

USDA needs to streamline how it regulates and licenses animal dealers. It also needs to be diligent in overseeing those with a history of violating the law and harming animals—it’s their job!

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Veterinarian Using Training Alternative Awarded

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Have you seen it?

In September, AAVS affiliate, the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation, launched its new website and a new initiative called the AiR (Alternatives in Research) Challenge. While ARDF’s annual grants and special Cave Award often have focused on alternatives in toxicity testing, the AiR Challenge focus is on accelerating development of alternative, non-animal methods in biomedical research, where there is the potential for the most impact.

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