Name: Research Animal Retirement Act
Bill Number: H 7414
The House has approved H 7414, which would ensure that healthy
cats and dogs have the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes instead of
being euthanized after being used for research or testing purposes. This bill
would require publicly-funded higher education research facilities that use
cats and dogs for scientific research or testing to make reasonable efforts to
adopt out healthy animals no longer being used.
A research facility would be able to utilize a private
placement process or enter into an agreement with an animal rescue or shelter organization
to arrange for an adoption.
The House passed the bill on April 11 and it is now before
the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture. Ask your Senator to demand
a hearing so that this bill can move forward this session.
Maryland and Delaware have already passed legislation this
year. Please help Rhode Island be the next to adopt this important measure for
dogs and cats in research.
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Please give cats and dogs no longer used for research a chance to live in loving homes
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask for your support of H7414, which would ensure that healthy cats and dogs, instead of being euthanized, have the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes after being used for research or testing. This bill would require publicly-funded higher education research facilities to make reasonable efforts to adopt out healthy cats and dogs no longer being used for scientific research or testing. Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when the research or testing is done, even though they may be otherwise healthy. Under this bill, a research facility would be able to utilize a private placement process or enter into an agreement with an animal rescue or shelter organization to arrange for an adoption. Maryland and Delaware have passed similar legislation this year and I hope that Rhode Island will be the next state to approve this measure.The House has already given their approval to this bill to allow these animals a chance at finding loving homes. I hope that you will give it your full support as well. Please urge the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee to hold a hearing in order to move this bill forward.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]