Establishes the research animal retirement act; requires research dogs and cats at higher education research facilities or facilities that provide research in collaboration with a higher education facility, to be offered for placement with non-profit animal rescue and shelter organizations; provides that such facilities may enter into agreements with rescue and shelter organizations for implementation.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring research dogs and cats at certain facilities to be offered for placement with a non-profit animal rescue and shelter organization
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation would adopt the gold standard in canine and feline welfare by creating regulations pertaining to the treatment of dogs and cats at the end of any research performed on these animals.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 2. "The Research Animal Retirement Act" amends the education law by adding a new section 239-b by requiring publicly funded animal research facilities to seek adoption for those animals not required to be euthanized when testing is complete.
Section 3. effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: State-funded research facilities (such as university laboratories) sometimes utilize dogs and cats for research,. If the animals do not have to be euthanized at the end of the tests for the sake of necropsy/cell and tissue samples, these dogs and cats deserve a chance to be adopted out. These labs should be required to make this effort.
Currently there are many laws covering the treatment of animals in labs relating to food, pain management, bedding and enrichment devices. When the research is complete it is up to the discretion of lab workers to try to find homes for their canine and feline subjects. After all that these animals have endured, they deserve the extra effort by the research facility. This legislation would ensure that dog and cat testing subjects be afforded the opportunity to live out their lives in loving homes.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: On the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law, provided that the commissioner of education is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date, on or before such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7475--A IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. BOYLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring research dogs and cats at certain facilities to be offered for placement with a non-profit animal rescue and shelter organization THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Research animal retirement act". S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 239-b to read as follows: S 239-B. RESEARCH DOGS AND CATS. A HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH FACILITY THAT RECEIVES PUBLIC MONEY, INCLUDING TAX-EXEMPT STATUS, OR A FACILITY THAT PROVIDES RESEARCH IN COLLABORATION WITH A HIGHER EDUCATION FACILI- TY, AND OTHER RELATED RESEARCH FACILITIES THAT CONFINES DOGS OR CATS FOR SCIENCE OR RESEARCH PURPOSES SHALL OFFER THE DOGS OR CATS TO NON-PROFIT ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZATIONS FOR ADOPTION PRIOR TO EUTHANIZ- ING SUCH ANIMALS, AFTER THE COMPLETION OF ANY TESTING OR RESEARCH WHERE THE ANIMAL'S DESTRUCTION IS NOT REQUIRED AND THE ANIMAL IS NO LONGER NEEDED. A FACILITY THAT IS REQUIRED TO OFFER DOGS OR CATS TO NON-PROFIT ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZATIONS UNDER THIS SECTION MAY ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH NON-PROFIT ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZA- TIONS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SECTION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law, provided that the state education department is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date, on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13843-04-4