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  • Holmes' ‘Beagle Freedom Bill’ signed into law

    beagles 082517SPRINGFIELD — Legislation to improve the adoption process for research dogs and cats has been signed into law. State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, introduced the legislation, which would require public research institutions in Illinois to have an adoption policy in place for dogs and cats used in testing rather than euthanizing them immediately.

    “Last General Assembly, the ‘Beagle Freedom Bill’ sparked an important debate around the humane treatment of scientific research animals,” Holmes said. “We went back to fix a few problems with the bill to bring it back this year. The new law reflects all of that work, ensuring that an animal is given a chance at a life outside of a laboratory without overregulating scientific research.”

  • Holmes' measure would require institutions to have adoption plan for dogs, cats

    holmes 031417SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, introduced legislation that would require public research institutions in Illinois to have an adoption policy in place for dogs and cats used in testing rather than euthanizing them.

    “This legislation is very straightforward. It tells public universities and research institutions to make a meaningful effort to put an animal up for adoption instead of euthanizing it,” Holmes said. “This measure ensures that an animal is given a shot at a life outside of a laboratory, and it does so without overregulating scientific research.”

    Similar legislation has already been passed in California, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut and Nevada. The Illinois legislation does not force research institutions to find a home for each animal, nor does it ban euthanasia outright. It requires publicly-funded institutions to have an adoption plan for animals deemed eligible by a veterinarian before euthanasia is an option.

    The measure, Senate Bill 1884 passed out of committee today. It now moves to consideration before the full Illinois Senate.

  • Senate approves Holmes' Beagle Freedom Bill

    holmes beagles 2017SPRINGFIELD — Legislation to improve the adoption process for research dogs and cats has been approved by the Illinois Senate. State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, introduced legislation that would require public research institutions in Illinois to have an adoption policy in place for healthy dogs and cats used in testing.

    “Last General Assembly, the ‘Beagle Freedom Bill’ sparked an important debate,” Holmes said. “We ended up needing to go back and fix a few problems with the bill to bring it back this year. The current measure reflects all of that work. It ensures that an animal is given a chance at a life outside of a laboratory, and it does so without overregulating scientific research.”