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THEFT OF COMPANION ANIMALS The dealers who buy animals from shelters are classified by the Animal Welfare Act as class B dealers, meaning that they buy animals from “random sources” rather than breeding them specifically for sale as so-called class A dealers do. The AWA stipulates that class B dealers must be licensed by the USDA and must keep careful records showing the sources of their animals, but animal rights groups such as the American Anti-Vivisection Society claim that these records are sometimes incomplete or falsified.
The USDA set forth those standards in regulations issued in 1972. Public concern about the conditions under which animals are kept in laboratories and about the nature of the experiments carried out on them skyrocketed in the early 1980s because of two widely publicized scandals, both centering on videotapes made clandestinely inside laboratories by members of animal rights groups. The first of these horror stories began in May 1981, when Alex Pacheco, who had recently joined Ingrid Newkirk in founding PETA, obtained a volunteer position in the Edward Taub laboratory’s, part of the Institute for Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Uses new systems . . which subject the animals to conditions to which they are not adapted . . 55 Farms of the type Harrison described began to replace the classic family farm of Old MacDonald and childhood readers in the United States and other developed countries in the late 1940s, when agricultural and shipping technology advanced and a rising population increased the demand for meat. Today they are becoming common in certain developing countries, such as China, as well. One study estimated that 79 percent of the poultry, 68 percent of the eggs, and 39 percent of the pork produced worldwide during 1996 came from intensive farms.
Animal Rights by Lisa Yount