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Hawaii: House Ag. Committee Approves Research Dog and Cat Adoption Bill

Hawaii: House Ag. Committee Approves Research Dog and Cat Adoption Bill

Name: House Committee on Judiciary Hear Research Dog and Cat Adoption Bill

Bill Number: HB 3

On Friday, February 3, the House Committee on Agriculture unanimously approved this bill. A companion bill, S 593, received Senate committee approval on Feb. 1. The House bill now moves to the Committee on Judiciary for its consideration.

Healthy cats and dogs in Hawaii deserve to have the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes after being used for research, testing or education purposes. This bill would require research facilities to offer cats and dogs used in research to an animal shelter or 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

Call to Actions:

  1. Please call or send a message to the House Committee on Judiciary and ask them to unanimously support this life-saving legislation.

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  • Rep. Joy San Buenaventura
  • Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson
  • Rep. Della Au Belatti
  • Rep. Tom Brower
  • Rep. Chris Lee
  • Rep. Bob McDermott
  • Rep. Dee Morikawa
  • Rep. Mark Nakashima
  • Rep. Scott Nishimoto
  • Rep. Marcus Oshiro
  • Rep. Cynthia Thielen


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Please give cats and dogs no longer needed for research a chance to live in a loving home

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask for your support of legislation to make healthy dogs and cats available for adoption once they are no longer needed by a research facility.

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 no longer needed for research, testing or for education. Too often animals used in research are regarded as disposable commodities to be discarded when the research or education project is done and are euthanized instead of having a chance to live.

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.

The House Committee on Agriculture voted unanimously on Feb. 3 in support of this bill and the Senate Committee on Agriculture and the Environment gave its unanimous support to the companion bill, SB 593, on Feb. 1.

Please give your support as well to legislation to allow these animals a chance at finding loving homes.

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