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Federal Bill Introduced to Retire Dogs and Cats after Research

Federal Bill Introduced to Retire Dogs and Cats after Research

Name: Humane Retirement Act

Bill Number: HR 2850

Healthy dogs and cats deserve the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes instead of being immediately euthanized after being used for scientific, medical or educational research. Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when a research or educational project is done, even though they may be otherwise healthy and suitable for adoption.

The Humane Retirement Act would amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a policy for adoption of dogs and cats. The animal care committees of each research institution that receives Public Health Service funding would have to review each dog and cat after completion of the research to determine whether they are suitable for adoption. If they are, then the animal care committee must make a reasonable effort to offer these animals for adoption.

While this legislation is just beginning on the federal level, ten states (CA, CT, DE, IL, MD, NV, NY, RI, MN and WA) have already enacted similar laws that address animals used in research that receive state and other public funding. The time is ripe to push for passage of a bill that addresses animals used in federally-funded research as well.   

Currently, this bill only has only two sponsors and it urgently needs more to move forward. Please ask your U.S. Representative to join Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY) and Rep. John Katko (NY) in sponsoring this bill.

 

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Please ensure that healthy research dogs and cats have a chance to live in loving homes

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support HR 2850, which would require that suitable dogs and cats from Public Health Service research institutions are offered for adoption to animal shelters, individuals or rescue organizations instead of being immediately euthanized.

Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when a research or educational project is done, even though they may be otherwise suitable. This bill requires that animal care committees of research facilities that receive funds from the Public Health Service make reasonable efforts to offer healthy dogs and cats for adoption after the completion of any testing. This bill imposes no civil liability on any employee or agent of an animal care committee for actions required under the proposed law.

The notion of adopting out animals from research has gained a great deal of support in recent years. California, Rhode Island, Illinois, and seven other states have enacted laws that require institutions receiving state and other public funding to adopt out dogs and cats after testing with the hopes of moving the animals into a happy retirement after spending their lives in research. Several other state legislatures are currently considering the passage of related bills this year.

I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure that would provide cats and dogs used in federal research an opportunity to be adopted into loving homes. Thank you for your consideration.

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