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NIH Phasing Out Class B Dealers, Pets Still Need Our Help | Care2 Causes

NIH Phasing Out Class B Dealers, Pets Still Need Our Help | Care2 Causes

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that it will no longer allow researchers who use federal funds to obtain cats from Class B dealers beginning in October 2012, with similar measures to follow for dogs in 2015. Class B dealers are USDA licensed 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 breeders or shelters, answering classified ads, and in some cases stealing pets who are left unattended. Class B dealers also buy animals from “bunchers” who collect animals from random sources. Even though research facilities that receive federal funds will not be able to get animals from Class B dealers, these dealers can still continue to work with privately funded institutions. In 2009, the National Academies released a report in response to a request from Cong...

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