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Hawaii: House Still Considering Research Dog and Cat Adoption Bills

Hawaii: House Still Considering Research Dog and Cat Adoption Bills

Name: Research Dog and Cat Adoption Bills

Bill Number: SB 593/HB 3

In 2017, the Hawaii Senate approved SB 593. The bill was sent to the House for their consideration; however, no action was taken in that chamber. The House Committee on Agriculture did approve a companion bill, HB 3. That bill is now in the House Committee on Judiciary. Both bills were carried over to the second year of the 2017-2018 session. Your voice is now needed to move these pieces of legislation through the House.

Healthy cats and dogs in Hawaii deserve the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes after being used for research, testing or educational purposes. This legislation would require research facilities to offer cats and dogs used in research to an animal shelter or animal rescue for adoption if the research facility’s own existing procedures for adoption do not result in the adoption of an animal.

Learn more about Research Cat and Dog Adoption Legislation.

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Please give dogs and cats no longer used for research a chance to live in loving homes

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask for your support of SB 593/HB 3, which would require healthy dogs and cats no longer used in research, testing or educational purposes to be made available for adoption.

SB 593, which won unanimous approval in the Senate last year, and its companion bill, HB 3, would require research facilities to make their research dogs and cats available to an animal rescue organization or animal shelter if their own adoption procedures do not result in the adoption of a healthy dog or cat. This legislation makes it clear that decisions as to the health and adoptability of each animal rest with the research facility's veterinary staff.

Too often animals used in research are regarded as disposable commodities to be discarded when the research or education project is done, and they are euthanized instead of having a chance to live in a loving home. While this may not affect many dogs and cats at this time, having a written policy in place would ensure that the welfare of these animals is always taken into consideration before they are subjected to experimental or testing protocols.

The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has also pledged financial assistance to help facilitate the transfer of adoptable animals to local adoption centers and to support necessary veterinary care.

Please give your support to legislation to allow dogs and cats used for research a chance for lives after the laboratory.

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