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Massachusetts: Adoption of Dogs and Cats in Research Moves Forward

Massachusetts: Adoption of Dogs and Cats in Research Moves Forward

Name: Adoption of Retired Research Dogs and Cats

Bill Number: S 2463

Healthy dogs and cats in Massachusetts deserve the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes instead of being euthanized after being used for scientific, medical or educational research.

In August 2019, a hearing was held on three bills (S 587, H 758 and H 764) by the joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, but no report was issued. These bills would require research institutions and product testing facilities to offer dogs and cats used in research to an animal shelter or rescue organization for adoption if the animal is deemed appropriate for adoption.

On January 16, the Committee released a report, consolidating the three bills into a new bill, S 2463, which contains substantially the same language, requiring dogs and cats to be considered for adoption unless: they are ill or have a congenital birth defect, they pose a risk to health and safety of the public, temperamentally unfit for adoption or if they are newborn, needing maternal care. Facilities are also held to be exempt from liability for injuries or damage caused by any animal once he/she leaves their care.

This bill has now been sent to the committee on Senate Ways and Means.

Since 2014, laws have been adopted in 11 states (CA, CT, DE, IL, MD, MN, NV, NY, OR, RI and WA) and several other states have already introduced similar legislation this year.

The time is ripe to push for passage of this measure in Massachusetts as well.  

 

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Please give dogs and cats once used for research a chance to live in loving homes

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am asking for your support for legislation, S 2463, which would require research institutions and product testing facilities to offer dogs and cats no longer being used for medical, scientific or educational research to an animal shelter or animal rescue organization for adoption instead of euthanizing them. Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when the research or educational project is done, even though they may be otherwise healthy.

This bill is a consolidation of several bills introduced in 2019 and would change the current way of treating dogs and cats used for research to allow individual animals to have a chance at life as a companion animal instead of being regarded as expendable at the end of the research. A similar bill passed the Senate with a unanimous vote in 2018.

Since 2014, laws have been adopted in eleven states (CA, CT, DE, IL, MD, MN, NV, NY, OR, RI and WA) and several other states have already introduced similar legislation this year. Please support making Massachusetts the next state to allow dogs and cats to find a loving home after being used in research, testing or education.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]