Michigan: Support Teddy’s Law, HB 4881 and HB 4882
It is critical that action be taken quickly on Teddy’s Law, legislation to provide an opportunity for dogs and cats to be adopted as pets once their use in a research laboratory has ended. Because federal law is silent on what happens to these animals once an experiment ends, fourteen states, most recently Iowa, have enacted successful adoption laws for dogs, cats and other animals. Michigan must pass a law this year to become the fifteenth state.
Together, these bills would require dogs and cats used as research subjects, and not euthanized at the end of the experiment, to be adopted out through state-registered animal protection shelters in Michigan and for labs that use dogs and cats to report the number of animals adopted each year. Despite bipartisan support for Teddy’s Law, the legislation has not been permitted a vote in the House Regulatory Reform Committee. These very sensible bills must not languish when there is both Democratic and Republican support.
Local animal organizations, experienced in conducting behavioral and medical evaluations to ensure animals are placed in the best possible home environment, support this effort and are willing to assist facilities with adoptions. The only thing standing in the way is action by the Michigan legislature.
Please take a moment to contact your Michigan House Representative and urge them to support Teddy's Law, HB 4881/HB 4882 using the form below. Editing your message will help it stand out.