The state of Illinois may soon make dogs and cats used for research purposes available for adoption if bipartisan bills winding their way through the state house become law.
House Bill 4297 and Senate Bill 2356, co-sponsored by Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, and Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, would require laboratories and higher-learning institutions that receive public funds for research, and which use dogs and cats in laboratory settings, to make lab animals (with exceptions) available to animal rescue organizations rather than resorting to euthanasia, according to WAND 17 HD.
Supporters of the bill include the Beagle Freedom Project, which rescues Beagles from laboratory and research facilities and places them up for adoption. Beagles are often used for research purposes because they are small and relatively docile dogs.
The plan has no enforcement mechanism and would rely on the research labs and other tax-supported facilities to work with animal rescues to determine which healthy animals would be ideal for new homes.