Name: Research Animal Retirement Act
Bill Number: SB 101
SB 101 passed the Delaware Senate in 2017. The
original language required research institutions to offer healthy cats and dogs
used in research for adoption instead of euthanizing them, either by entering
into an agreement with an animal rescue organization or animal shelter, or by making
the animal available through private placement. It also gave immunity to the
research facility or animal rescue organization for damage caused by the animal
if the adoption was made in good faith. Before it passed, the bill was amended
to give research facilities an option to operate their own adoption program or
outsource adoption to a third party.
The House Health & Human Development
Committee, in considering the amended bill, has now amended it again, returning
the original language to the bill, but striking the immunity clause. This
version is now under consideration.
While it would be preferable for a research
facility to have a firm agreement in place with an animal shelter or rescue
organization in case their private adoption placement is not successful, this
should not be a deciding factor in passing the bill. It is of more concern that
the House removed the immunity clause, because it could make both research
facilities and animal rescue organizations unwilling to risk adopting out any
animal, in case they were later sued.
Please send a letter to your state
Representative asking them to reject the amended language and pass the bill as
introduced, or as amended by the Senate.
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Please give cats and dogs in research a chance to live in loving homes
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask for your support for SB 101, as introduced, to require research institutions to make dogs and cats available for adoption, either through an animal rescue organization or through private adoption, instead of euthanizing them when they are no longer needed. Too often, animals used in research are regarded as disposable commodities to be discarded when the research or education project is done. The proposed House amendment to SB 101, which would remove the immunity clause from the bill, will make it much less likely that any animal shelter or rescue organization would enter into an agreement to offer a cat or dog for adoption. It would also raise the bar for research institutions to agree to adopt out any animals through their own private adoption process because of potential liability in the future. Please allow cats and dogs used for research to have a chance to find loving homes by rejecting the proposed amendment and passing the bill in its original form or with the amendment approved by the Senate. I hope that you will also give your support to move this legislation forward in 2018 in order to give healthy cats and dogs a chance for lives after the laboratory.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]