Facilitating the Adoption of Dogs and Cats Retired from Laboratories (Massachusetts)
An Act Protecting Research Animals (H.901)
Requires dogs and cats at research institutions or product testing facilities be offered for adoption through a non-profit animal shelter or rescue or through private placement once the research ends, if a necropsy is not mandated
H.901 passed the House, and is now up for consideration in the Senate
An Act Protecting Research Animals (H.901), known as the “Beagle Bill,” would provide an opportunity for dogs and cats to be adopted into a home after their time in the research laboratory has come to an end – an opportunity that each of these dogs and cats deserve.
This legislation would require that dogs and cats, no longer needed for research purposes at research institutions or product testing facilities, be offered for adoption through a non-profit animal shelter or rescue or private placement, once the research ends, if a necropsy is not mandated.
Other states across the country, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, and New York, have enacted similar laws. People who have adopted retired research dogs and cats can attest that these animals flourish once they are out of a lab setting. Every dog and cat deserves the chance to be a part of a family – this bill moves Massachusetts one step closer to that goal.
Ask your state legislators to provide an opportunity for dogs and cats used in research to find loving homes once their time in a research laboratory has come to an end by supporting An Act Protecting Research Animals.
The bill is sponsored by Senator Bruce Tarr (R-1st Essex and Middlesex), former Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-8th Middlesex), and Representative Michelle DuBois (D-10th Plymouth). H.901 was reported out favorably – accompanied by S.613 and H.890 – by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture after a public hearing on November 17, 2021. It was reported out favorably by the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, then passed by the full House on May 9, 2022.
If you live in Massachusetts, take action and urge your legislators to support this bill.