Animal Research

More lab animals could be put up for adoption after Maryland General Assembly OKs 'Beagle Freedom Bill'

More lab animals could be put up for adoption after Maryland General Assembly OKs 'Beagle Freedom Bill'

Researchers who use dogs or cats in research will have to “take reasonable steps” to offer the animals for adoption under legislation the Maryland General Assembly passed Friday.

It has been dubbed the Beagle Freedom Bill because that breed is the most common dog used in scientific experiments.

The law applies to any research facility in Maryland that uses dogs or cats in its studies, and to any canine or feline test subject that a veterinarian deems suitable for adoption.

The institutions would have to establish private placement processes for any animals it no longer needs, or to establish relationships with animal rescue organizations that could facilitate...

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