1. Please call or write Delegate McConkey today – 410-841-3406 or firstname.lastname@example.org and urge him to pass **HB732 WITH REPORTING
From the Humane Society: The amended Senate Beagle Bill, SB 675 has passed fully out of the Senate (on a vote of 45-0). As a reminder, the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted to remove the reporting requirement in the bill at the request of the research institutions in the state, which basically gives the law no teeth – a total capitulation to special interests despite the bill have broad bi=partisan support with reporting. Our Senate sponsor attempted to have the bill amended on the floor to add the reporting back in, but that amendment failed. We had the House hearing on Tuesday. We’re still hoping that the House will pass a stronger version of the bill with some reporting included. ****If one of your delegates is on the House Appropriations Committee, please call them NOW and ask them to pass HB 732 WITH REPORTING!****
**HB732 (The Beagle bill) summary:
Let’s give dogs and cats used in research the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes once their time in research laboratories has come to a conclusion.
The Humane Adoption of Companion Animals in Research Act, often called the Beagle Bill because beagles are the most common breed of dogs used in research, is a common-sense animal protection bill. It does not restrict the research itself; it just requires research institutions to work with willing animal rescue organizations to find homes for pets once they are no longer needed.