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Speak up for dogs and cats in Maryland laboratories


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Maryland's research animals are much closer to receiving a second chance on life.

SB 420/HB 528 would allow dogs and cats formerly used in experimentation at Maryland research facilities to live a normal, loving life as an adopted companion animal once their time in the laboratory is over.

Current federal law regulates the care and use of research animals while they are in the laboratory with bedding, food, water access, enrichment devices and pain management, however, such protections are eliminated once the research is complete, other than in regards to euthanasia.

Your voice is needed now to give these animals the opportunity to retire in peace.

TAKE ACTION
Calling is the one of the most effective actions you can take. Please take a moment to call your state delegate and state senator now. Look up your legislator's phone number. You can say: "Please promote better lives for dogs and cats in Maryland laboratories by supporting SB 420/HB 528."

After your call, use the form below to send a follow-up message. Editing your message will help it stand out.

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Your Message

DearLegislator,

As a constituent, I am writing to ask that you support SB 420 /HB 528 to provide dogs and cats in Maryland laboratories a chance to retire as an adopted pet.

Current law does not provide policy guidance regarding this aspect of laboratory animal welfare. Federal law regulates the care and use of research animals while they are in the laboratory, including bedding, food, water access, enrichment devices and pain management, but does not offer any protection to the animal once the research project ends other than euthanasia.

SB 420/HB 528 would address this deficiency by facilitating an open relationship between research laboratories and nonprofit animal rescue organizations. There are a number of research facilities across the United States that have already instituted successful adoption programs for dogs, cats and other animals.


Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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This action alert is for U.S. residents. International advocates, please visit Humane Society International.

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