Massachusetts: New Legislation Would Make Healthy Dogs and Cats Used in Research Available for Adoption

Massachusetts: Legislation Would Make Healthy Dogs and Cats Used in Research Available for Adoption

Name of Bill: An Act Protecting Research Animals

Bill Number: H. 901

Healthy dogs and cats who were once used in research deserve the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes—and new legislation introduced in Massachusetts would give them that chance.

H. 901 would require animal testing facilities that no longer have a use for a dog or cat to offer the animal to a releasing agency for eventual adoption or for adoption through a private placement. (An exception would be made if the dog or cat poses a health or safety risk to the public.) 


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Please support H. 901 to give research dogs and cats a chance at adoption!

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask for your support of H. 901, which would give dogs and cats used in research a chance at the life all companion animals deserve by requiring that testing facilities offer them up for adoption when they are no longer needed for research. These bills provide an exception for dogs or cats who pose a health or safety risk to the public.

Currently dogs and cats used in research are routinely euthanized when laboratories no longer need them. This flies in the face of the deep bond that we have developed with these animals, and it is a particularly cruel ending to a life that knew little more than poking, prodding and testing. These bipartisan pieces of legislation will direct laboratories to give their dog and cat test subjects a chance at a better life beyond the lab.

There is no justification for laboratories to routinely euthanize healthy dogs and cats at the end of a study. Please support passage H. 901 to give dogs and cats who have spent their lives as test subjects a chance to find a loving home.

Thank you for your consideration.

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