Forever Homes are on the Docket for 2019

State Legislation

Animals used in scientific research are all-too-often regarded as disposable “commodities” and are needlessly killed following their use in the lab.  

NAVS has been working steadily over the past several years to help introduce and encourage the passage of legislation that would require research facilities to take steps to adopt out these “retired” dogs and cats rather than euthanize them. To date, nine states (CA, CT, DE, IL, MD, MN, NV, NY and RI) now have adoption laws on the books, giving these animals a chance to live the rest of their lives in loving forever homes. 

In 2019, NAVS is focusing attention on more states that are considering enacting research dog and cat adoption laws. If you live in one of the states below, please take action to support this humane legislation:

Massachusetts, SD 587 TAKE ACTION »
New Jersey, S 2826 and A 3274  TAKE ACTION »
Texas, SB 121 and HB 146 TAKE ACTION »
Virginia, HB 2590 TAKE ACTION »
Washington, SB 5212 TAKE ACTION »


If your state does not already have a research animal adoption law or legislation, above, please let your legislators know that you would like them to introduce legislation this session to ensure that these dogs and cats have hope for the future.

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Legal Trends

Exciting news came out of two courts last week! The first was the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to review a federal appeals court decision that upheld a California ban on the production and sale of foie gras (fatty goose or duck liver) in that state. When the Supreme Court declines to review a case, it is in effect agreeing that the appellate court ruled correctly. This is a huge win for the embattled law, which was first passed in 2004 and went into effect (briefly) in 2012. The law was passed to prevent the cruelty associated with forced feeding of ducks and geese.

The second victory concerns an Iowa “ag-gag” law, which made it illegal to seek employment at a livestock farm with the intent of conducting undercover investigations into animal cruelty. The law was passed after several Iowa producers and breeders were the subject of exposés that revealed extreme animal cruelty. U.S. District Court Judge James Gritzner struck down the law as an impermissible violation of the constitutional right to free speech. Similar laws in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming had previously been struck down as unconstitutional.


Want to do more? Visit the NAVS Advocacy Center to TAKE ACTION on behalf of animals in your state and around the country. And please make a donation today to support the advancement of humane legislation across the U.S. 

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This entry was posted in News on January 18, 2019.
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