senate Bill S7475B

Requires research dogs and cats at certain facilities to be offered for adoption through private placement or with non-profit animal rescue and shelter organizations prior to euthanization

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 15 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 27 / May / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 27 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 7475A
  • 13 / Jun / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 13 / Jun / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 7475B
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1495
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Establishes the research animal retirement act; requires research dogs and cats at higher education research facilities or facilities that provide research in collaboration with a higher education facility, to be offered for placement with non-profit animal rescue and shelter organizations; provides that such facilities may enter into agreements with rescue and shelter organizations for implementation.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9900A
Versions:
S7475
S7475A
S7475B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง239-b, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7475B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring research dogs and cats at certain facilities to be offered
for adoption through private placement or a non-profit animal rescue
and shelter organization

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation would adopt the gold
standard in canine and feline welfare by creating regulations
pertaining to the treatment of dogs and cats at the end of any
research performed on these animals.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 2. "The Research Animal
Retirement Act" amends the education law by adding a new section 239-b
by requiring publicly funded animal research facilities to seek
adoption for those animals not required to be euthanized when testing
is complete.

Section 3. effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: State-funded research facilities (such as university
laboratories) sometimes utilize dogs and cats for research,. If the
animals do not have to be euthanized at the end of the tests for the
sake of necropsy/cell and tissue samples, these dogs and cats deserve
a chance to be adopted out. These labs should be required to make this
effort.

Currently there are many laws covering the treatment of animals in
labs relating to food, pain management, bedding and enrichment
devices. When the research is complete it is up to the discretion of
lab workers to try to find homes for their canine and feline subjects.
After all that these animals have endured, they deserve the extra
effort by the research facility. This legislation would ensure that
dog and cat testing subjects be afforded the opportunity to live out
their lives in loving homes.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: On the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law,
provided that the commissioner of education is authorized to
promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other
measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date, on or
before such date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 7475--B

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BOYLE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Higher  Education  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the education law, in relation to requiring research
  dogs and cats at certain facilities to be offered for adoption through
  private placement or a non-profit animal rescue and shelter  organiza-
  tion

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "Research animal retirement act".
  S  2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 239-b to
read as follows:
  S 239-B. RESEARCH DOGS AND CATS. 1. RESEARCH DOGS AND CATS.  A  HIGHER
EDUCATION  RESEARCH  FACILITY  THAT  RECEIVES  PUBLIC  MONEY,  INCLUDING
TAX-EXEMPT STATUS, OR A FACILITY THAT PROVIDES RESEARCH IN COLLABORATION
WITH A HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITY, AND OTHER RELATED RESEARCH  FACILITIES
THAT  CONFINE DOGS OR CATS FOR SCIENCE OR RESEARCH PURPOSES SHALL, AFTER
THE COMPLETION OF ANY TESTING OR RESEARCH WHERE THE ANIMAL'S DESTRUCTION
IS NOT REQUIRED AND THE ANIMAL IS NO LONGER NEEDED, OFFER  THE  DOGS  OR
CATS  FOR  ADOPTION,  EITHER  THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT OR TO NON-PROFIT
ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZATIONS FOR ADOPTION PRIOR TO  EUTHANIZ-
ING  SUCH  ANIMALS.  IF  PRIVATE PLACEMENT IS UNSUCCESSFUL SUCH FACILITY
SHALL OFFER THE DOGS OR CATS TO NON-PROFIT  ANIMAL  RESCUE  AND  SHELTER
ORGANIZATIONS PRIOR TO EUTHANIZING.
  2.  A  FACILITY  THAT  IS REQUIRED TO OFFER DOGS OR CATS TO NON-PROFIT
ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZATIONS UNDER  THIS  SECTION  MAY  ENTER
INTO  AN  AGREEMENT  WITH NON-PROFIT ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZA-
TIONS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SECTION.
  3. A FACILITY THAT IS REQUIRED TO OFFER  DOGS  OR  CATS  FOR  ADOPTION
UNDER  THIS  SECTION  SHALL OWE NO DUTY OF CARE TO ANY NON-PROFIT ANIMAL
RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZATION THAT ACCEPTS THE ANIMAL OR TO ANY PERSON

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13843-08-4

S. 7475--B                          2

OR ENTITY THAT MAY ADOPT SUCH ANIMALS, WHETHER  THROUGH  SUCH  ORGANIZA-
TIONS  OR  THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT. NO ASSUMPTION OF RESPONSIBILITY OR
LIABILITY FOR INJURIES, PROPERTY DAMAGE,  OR  OTHER  DAMAGES  OR  LOSSES
SHALL  BE  INCURRED BY SUCH RESEARCH FACILITY ON ACCOUNT OF THE ADOPTION
OR PLACEMENT OF ANY DOG OR CAT PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS  ARTI-
CLE.
  S  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law, provided  that  the  state  education  department  is
authorized  to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any
other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date, on
or before such date.

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