This week’s Take Action Thursday looks at the possibilities for the new legislative session in Congress.
January 3, 2019 is the first day of the 116th Session of Congress. At the end of the 2018 session, three new bills were introduced that addressed the use of animals in research. The best start to this new session would be the reintroduction of these humane bills.
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) introduced the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now (KITTEN) Act, which was previously introduced in the House with 61 co-sponsors. This bill would prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from purchasing, breeding, transporting, housing, feeding, maintaining, disposing of or conducting an experiment on a cat as part of any study or research that would subject that cat to a procedure that may cause pain or stress, including pain or stress that may be mitigated by anesthetics, analgesics or tranquilizer drugs, unless the pain or stress is a result of a physical exam or training program.
Please ask Senator Merkley to reintroduce the KITTEN Act in 2019. You can call Sen. Merkley at 202-224-3753 to express your support for this legislation.
Senator Cory Booker (NJ) introduced the Primate Protection and Research Modernization Act, which would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to convene a standing committee to assess proposals for new nonhuman primate research. The standing committee would be barred from approving any nonhuman primate research unless the research is for the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of debilitating or life-threatening clinical conditions in human beings; no alternative research method exists; and the nonhuman primates will be housed in an ethologically appropriate environment. This legislation would serve as a necessary check to the current rampant expansion in the use of nonhuman primates for research.
Please ask Senator Booker to reintroduce the Primate Protection and Research Modernization Act in 2019. You can call Senator Booker’s office at (202) 224-3224 to express your support for this legislation.
Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-4) introduced the Humane Retirement Act, which would ensure that healthy research dogs and cats used for biomedical and behavioral research at Public Health Service funded federal agencies are adopted into suitable homes. This bill would require Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees at these establishments to make a reasonable effort to offer suitable dogs and cats for adoption after the completion of any testing or research involving these animals and prior to euthanizing them. This bill would expand to all federally-funded research a policy on adoption that has already been approved in 10 states.
Please ask Rep. Rice to reintroduce the Humane Retirement Act in 2019. You can call Rep. Rice at 202-225-5516 to express your support for this legislation.