Illinois Legislation Would Require Research Facilities To Adopt Out Lab Animals

Facilities that receive public funds would work with animal rescues in placing healthy lab animals instead of having them euthanized.

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Lab dogs and cats would get a second chance under the proposed measure. Image Source Pink/Image Source/Thinkstock
Lab dogs and cats would get a second chance under the proposed measure. Image Source Pink/Image Source/Thinkstock
John Virata

The state of Illinois may soon make dogs and cats used for research purposes available for adoption if bipartisan bills winding their way through the state house become law.

House Bill 4297 and Senate Bill 2356, co-sponsored by Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, and Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, would require laboratories and higher-learning institutions that receive public funds for research, and which use dogs and cats in laboratory settings, to make lab animals (with exceptions) available to animal rescue organizations rather than resorting to euthanasia, according to WAND 17 HD.
 

Gracie, a dog used for research was adopted out by the Beagle Freedom Project in March. Via Beagle Freedom Project/Facebook

Gracie, a dog used for research was adopted out by the Beagle Freedom Project in March. Via Beagle Freedom Project/Facebook

Supporters of the bill include the Beagle Freedom Project, which rescues Beagles from laboratory and research facilities and places them up for adoption. Beagles are often used for research purposes because they are small and relatively docile dogs.

The plan has no enforcement mechanism and would rely on the research labs and other tax-supported facilities to work with animal rescues to determine which healthy animals would be ideal for new homes.

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