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Massachusetts: Adoption of Retired Research Animals Still Being Considered

Massachusetts: Adoption of Retired Research Animals Still Being Considered

Name: An Act Protecting Research Animals

Bill Number: H 3232

Healthy cats and dogs deserve the opportunity for adoption into loving homes after being used for research, testing or educational purposes instead of being euthanized. This legislation, introduced in 2017, would require research institutions and product testing facilities in Massachusetts to offer cats and dogs used in research to an animal shelter or rescue organization for adoption if the animals are deemed appropriate for adoption. In addition, this bill limits the amount of time any dog or cat can be used for research or testing to not more than two years.

A hearing was held before the Joint Committee on Public Health on July 11, 2017, but no action was taken in 2017. The committee now has until May 9, 2018 to make a decision on whether to support this bill. A companion bill in the Senate, S 489, was not carried over into 2018.

Please don’t wait to make your voice heard in support of this legislation.

Learn more about Research Cat and Dog Adoption Legislation.


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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 of H 3232, which would require research institutions and product testing facilities in Massachusetts to make healthy dogs and cats available for adoption through an animal shelter or rescue organization instead of euthanizing them when they are no longer used by the facility.

This bill would allow a facility to make the determination of whether an individual dog or cat is suitable for adoption. It would hold the facility free from liability for any damages due to the adoption of the animal by a third party. In addition, this bill would limit the amount of time during which a research facility can use a cat or dog in research to two years.

Please support this legislation, which would allow the adoption of healthy cats and dogs into loving homes.

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