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Missouri: State Regulations on Research Dogs and Cats Proposed

Missouri: State Regulations on Research Dogs and Cats Proposed

Name: Research on Animal Subjects

Bill Number: HB 934

In Missouri, each year hundreds of dogs and cats are subjected to research that causes pain and suffering, many without any pain relief available.

HB 934 would prohibit any public or private institution of higher education from carrying out any medically unnecessary scientific or medical research on a dog or cat that subjects the animal to significant pain or distress. Medically unnecessary procedures are defined as those that are conducted on animal subjects, but which are not intended for the animals’ own health, welfare or safety.

This bill would ensure that no state funds are allocated to any public or private organization for medically unnecessary research (defined as those that are conducted on animal subjects, but which are not intended for the animals’ own health, welfare or safety) on dogs and cats. The bill would also impose financial penalties on any person who violates these provisions, regardless of whether or not they receive state funding.

This bill is modeled after Virginia’s bill, passed in 2018, and has the potential to save hundreds of dogs and cats from painful and unnecessary research.

 

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Support an end to medically unnecessary testing on dogs and cats

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for HB 934, which would prohibit any public or private institution of higher education from carrying out any medically unnecessary scientific or medical research on a dog or cat that subjects them to significant pain or distress.

More than 18,000 animals are used each year for research, testing and education in Missouri, including thousands of dogs and cats. Hundreds of these animals are subjected to research that causes pain, many without any pain relief available.

This bill would ensure that no state funds are allocated to any public or private organization for medically unnecessary research (defined as those that are conducted on animal subjects, but which are not intended for the animals' own health, welfare or safety) on dogs and cats. The bill would also impose financial penalties on any person who violates these provisions, regardless of whether or not they receive state funding.

This bill would save the state money, while reducing animal suffering.

Please support passage of this bill and let Missouri join Virginia, which passed a similar law in 2018, in preventing dogs and cats in research from suffering from pain and distress.

Thank you for your consideration.

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