Rescue retired research animals.

Photo credit: Yves Forestier/Sygma via Getty Images

Photo credit: Yves Forestier/Sygma via Getty Images

Thousands of dogs and cats are used for research in Michigan every year, and many are needlessly euthanized when the experiments end, despite being healthy and adoptable.

Teddy’s Law was officially introduced in May 2021 with 10 co-sponsors. House Bill (HB) 4881 will require laboratories to offer any cat or dog used in testing up for adoption with a MDARD-registered shelter as long as they are in good health. HB 4882 will require laboratories to report the number of animals that they use, euthanize and adopt to the Department of Agriculture every year.

The bills were assigned to the Regulatory Reform Committee and a hearing will be required. There’s more work ahead, but we’re one step closer to giving dogs and cats a chance at life outside of the laboratory.

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Let’s help give dogs and cats a chance at life outside of a laboratory!