Senate Creates a Path to Promote Adoption of Research Animals

“I am incredibly proud with the Senate’s work to pass this bill,” said Senator James T. Welch (D-West Springfield). “There is absolutely no reason that a perfectly healthy, former test animal does not deserve a chance at a new, better life. This bill will provide these animals that chance.”


The bill specifically provides that:

  • Research institutions or product testing facilities that intend to euthanize a dog or cat for any purpose other than scientific, medical or educational research must  offer the animal for adoption to an animal shelter, an animal rescue organization or through private placement,
  • Animals that poses a risk to the health and safety of the public are exempted,
  • No assumption of responsibility or liability for injuries, property damage or other damages or losses shall be incurred by a research institution or product testing facility on account of the adoption or placement of a dog or cat.


According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics compiled by the PEW Charitable Trust, 80,000 cats and dogs are used for research and experimentation in America each year. Of that total nearly 75,000 are dogs. Due in part to their submissiveness and easygoing nature nearly 60,000 of those dogs are beagles.

The legislation often referred to as the ‘Beagle Bill’, will provide a path toward pethood for more than 1,000 healthy animals that will have a chance at becoming cherished pets.


The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.