A Sad Day For Companion Animals.
The congressional process failed to protect companion animals from being sold illegally for research. The Pet Safety and Protection (PSP) Act,which was designed to ensure that animals used in research are obtained legally, was placed into the House and Senate Farm Bills and passed both chambers in 2007. However, the Farm Bill entered the conference process and, this month, the conference committee removed the PSP Act language due to influence from opponents! Unfortunately, politics worked against our nation's companion animals.
Your voice is needed to express disappointment to your congressional member(s) who served on the conference committee to ensure that such unfair actions stop.The PSP Act language would have protected pets from unscrupulous dealers who often obtain animals from animal shelters, by exploiting"free to good home" ads or through illegal means for a quick profit. The bill would have restricted the use of stray animals and animals from shelters in experiments and would have imposed fines against violators.