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Originally Posted: March 9, 2013
Tell Minnesota Legislators to SUPPORT S.F. 1164. The bill proposes that any research institution that receives state support must offer dogs and cats that are being used for testing purposes, whose research does not require them being destroyed at the termination of the test, be offered for adoption through an animal rescue organization.
Please contact all of the Committe Members listed below:
Committee on Higher Education
Chair: Terri E. Bonoff
Vice Chair: Greg D. Clausen
Ranking Minority Member: Jeremy R. Miller
Michelle L. Fischbach
Julianne E. Ortman
Eric R. Pratt
Patricia Torres Ray
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
THE TEXT OF THE BILL
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. [136A.221] RESEARCH DOGS AND CATS.
(a) A higher education research facility that receives public money, including tax-exempt status, or a facility that provides research in collaboration with a higher education facility that confines dogs or cats for science or research purposes and plans on destroying a dog or cat used for science or research purposes, must first offer the dog or cat to an animal rescue organization. A facility that is required to offer dogs or cats to an animal rescue organization under this section may enter into an agreement with the animal rescue organization to protect the facility.
(b) For the purposes of this section, "animal rescue organization" means any nonprofit organization incorporated for the purpose of rescuing animals in need and finding permanent, adoptive homes for the animals.
Re: Research Dogs and Cats; S.F. 1164
Dear Senator (Insert Name),
My name is (insert your name) and I am writing you in support of S.F.
1164 which will appear before the Senate Higher Education Committee. The
bill proposes that any research institution that receives state support must
offer dogs and cats that are being used for testing purposes, whose research
does not require them being destroyed at the termination of the test, be
offered for adoption through an animal rescue organization.
There is nothing controversial about this bill. It simply offers that the animals used for testing, rather than be euthanized at the end of their tests, be given a chance for a normal life outside the laboratory.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this issue. I hope you will support S.F. 1164 and give these few dogs and cats a chance at a life after testing.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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