Michigan: Support Teddy’s Law
Dogs and cats in Michigan need you to take action on Teddy’s Law! On average, more than 600 dogs and 100 cats are used in experiments in Michigan every year. Even if they are healthy after an experiment ends, they are often killed. Teddy’s Law would ensure that that dogs and cats used in experiments have the chance to be adopted into loving homes, making Michigan the 16th state to pass such a law.
Teddy’s Law is comprised of two bills named after Teddy, a beagle adopted by a Michigan family after being used in a test procedure. The first bill would require that dogs and cats used as experiment subjects not be euthanized and instead be made available for adoption through shelters in Michigan. The second bill would require labs that experiment on dogs and cats to report the number of animals adopted each year. Despite bipartisan support for Teddy’s Law, these pieces of legislation have not yet been voted on in the House Regulatory Reform Committee. These very sensible bills must not languish when there is bipartisan support.
Local animal organizations support this effort and are willing to assist laboratories with adoptions. The only thing standing in the way is action by the Michigan legislature.
Please take a moment to contact your Michigan state senator and representative urging them to support Teddy's Law, (HB 4277/HB 4278 and SB148/SB149) using the form below.