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Michigan: New Senate Bill Supports an End to Pain and Distress for Dogs Used in Research

Michigan: New Senate Bill Supports an End to Pain and Distress for Dogs Used in Research

Name: Stop Funding Causing Pain or Stress to Dogs in Research and Training Activities 

Bill Number: HB 5090/SB 971 

It is time to stop permitting harm to be done to man’s best friend in Michigan. A newly introduced bill in the Senate, SB971, would prohibit any public entity—including towns, cities, state agencies, public schools and public universities and colleges—from causing pain or distress to a dog for research or training purposes. Harm for the purposes of this bill would be considered anything that causes more than momentary pain or stress the dog.

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 2,383 dogs in Michigan were subjected to research or testing that caused pain and distress.

This bill applies to procedures for which pain relief is given or withheld, but exempts animals being treated for veterinary health issues. It would apply, however to harm done to dogs in the breeding, purchasing, transporting, housing, feeding or maintenance process.  

This bill was first introduced in the Michigan House in 2019, HB 5090, and we urge you to share this action with friends and family to move it forward in both chambers.

This is a trailblazing piece of legislation and deserves our full support!

 

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  1. Please contact your state Senator and Representative and urge them to support this important legislation.
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Please support an end to painful research and training of dogs

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for SB 971 and HB 5090, which would prohibit conducting research of, or training activities on dogs in such a way that causes pain and distress to the animal. In 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 2,383 dogs in Michigan were subjected to research or testing that caused pain and distress.

This bill would prohibit any public entity--including towns, cities, state agencies, public schools and public universities and colleges--from causing pain or distress to a dog for research or training purposes. Harm would be any activity that causes more than momentary pain or stress to the dog. Procedures done to provide veterinary care to a dog would be exempt from this provision of law.

The use of dogs for research is relatively inexpensive and their typically docile nature makes dogs easy subjects to use for research and testing. But the availability and ease of use of these animals does not mean that it is ethically permissible to cause harm to dogs, animals who we regard as our "best friends."

Please give your full support to passage of this humane legislation. Thank you for your consideration.

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