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Virginia: House and Senate Approve an End to Funding for Painful Research on Dogs and Cats; Governor Needs to Hear from You

Virginia: House and Senate Approve an End to Funding for Painful Research on Dogs and Cats; Governor Needs to Hear from You

Name: End Funding for Medically Unnecessary Research that Causes Pain or Stress to Dogs and Cats

Bill Number: SB 28

The Virginia Assembly has passed legislation that will prohibit state funding of any medically unnecessary scientific or medical research on a dog or cat that causes significant pain or distress to the animal without pain relief. Such research is only considered necessary if it is for the better health, welfare or safety of the dog or cat. While research can still be carried out using federal or private funding, this is a significant measure to curb the use of dogs and cats for harmful research in Virginia.

The House and Senate voted unanimously to support passage of the final bill. The legislative session has ended for the state. The governor now has one month to approve, amend or veto this bill. If he does nothing after one month, the bill becomes law without his signature.

 

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  1. Please contact Governor Ralph Northam and urge him to sign this bill into law.
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Please support an end to funding painful research on dogs and cats

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to sign SB 28 into law. This bill will prohibit state funding of any scientific or medical research on a dog or cat that causes significant pain or distress without pain relief, unless it benefits the health or safety of the animal. The final bill passed both chambers with a unanimous vote. I hope that you will join the Assembly in supporting this legislation.

There are many more predictive and scientifically accurate methods of conducting research than using animal models. Dogs and cats are poor models for human health research because of the basic physiological differences between them and humans. Being subjected to pain or distress has also been shown to have a negative impact on the accuracy of the results of these experiments.

I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure by signing it into law.

Thank you for your consideration.

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