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Virginia: Prohibit Breeding Dogs or Cats for Use in Research or Experimentation

Virginia: Prohibit Breeding Dogs or Cats for Use in Research or Experimentation 

Name: Breeding of Dogs or Cats for Experimentation Prohibited

Bill Number: SB 311

Dogs and cats have a special place in the hearts of Virginia residents. This session, Senator William Stanley, Jr. introduced new legislation that would prohibit breeders of dogs and cats in the state from breeding animals for use in medical research or experimentation or with the intent of selling the animals to a manufacturer or contract testing facility to conduct animal research.

In 2018, Virginia became the first state to prohibit funding by the state for medically unnecessary research on dogs or cats if the research is classified as “category E” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Category E refers to a category of pain that causes pain or stress to an animal without providing any anesthesia or pain relief.

Virginia has been a leader in introducing progressive laws to help animals in research. By prohibiting breeding dogs and cats for experimentation and testing, this bill would prevent the suffering of countless generations of animals in the future.


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Please end the cycle of harm caused by breeding dogs and cats for research

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask for your support of SB 311, legislation to prohibit the breeding of dogs and cats for the purpose of experimentation and testing.

The sourcing of animals for research is now conducted primarily through large-scale breeders. By eliminating Virginia as a source for these purpose-bred animals, this bill would ensure that our state no longer plays a role in animal suffering by breeders who make dogs and cats easily available for research and testing, as if they are test tubes or surgical scissors to be manufactured, used and thrown away when their job is done. When animals are plentiful and easy to obtain, researchers have little incentive to look for more ethical ways to pursue their work.

Importantly, veterinary programs working with companion animals to benefit students and animals alike would not be impacted by this legislation.

Please give your support to legislation that recognizes dogs and cats are not disposable lab equipment and which helps curtail an industry that perpetuates the animals' suffering.

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