Name: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used for Science or Research Purposes
Bill Number: HB 4496
Healthy animals deserve to have an opportunity
to be adopted into loving homes after being used for research, testing, science
or educational purposes. This bill would require any institution of higher
education or any facility—whether privately or publicly owned, leased, or
operated—where laboratory research is performed, to offer any adoptable dog or
cat that would otherwise be euthanized to an animal rescue organization so that
the animal may be made available for adoption.
11 states (CA, CT, DE, IL, MD, MN, NV, NY, OR, RI and WA) have already enacted similar laws and
several more state legislatures are currently considering the passage of related
bills this year. Please help Michigan be the next state to pass this humane
legislation to help animals used in research.
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Please give dogs and cats used for research a chance to live in loving homes
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for HB 4496, which would require research facilities to make healthy dogs and cats no longer needed for research or science available for adoption by an animal rescue organization. Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when the research or education project is done, even though they may be otherwise healthy and could be welcomed into a loving home. This bill would apply to any institution of higher education or any facility--whether privately or publicly owned, leased, or operated--where laboratory research is performed. This legislation would not require an animal rescue organization to accept an unadoptable dog or cat, and it would provide immunity from civil liability to any facility whose animals are accepted to be placed for adoption. Most importantly, this bill would give each animal the opportunity to be considered for adoption into the loving homes they deserve.Please give your support to legislation to give dogs and cats a chance for lives after the laboratory.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]