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2/27/2018 Rep. Lima’s Research Animal Retirement Act to be heard in committee
STATE HOUSE – Today, Rep. Charlene M. Lima (D-Dist. 14, Cranston, Providence) announced that her legislation 2018 H-7414, Research Animal Retirement Act, will be heard Wednesday, February 28 in the House Education and Welfare Committee Room 101 at the Rise of the House.
Presently most laws on a Federal or State level only cover the research’s animal treatment while being used for research.  There is a very little law affecting what happens to the research animal after the research ends. Representative Lima said, “My law would provide Rhode Island with guidelines providing for the adoption of these research animals, dogs and cats, rather than just euthanizing them when no longer needed.  These research animals have endured a lifetime of suffering in order to help us humans lead a healthier and longer life.  The least we can do is to provide them with a mechanism for adoption as a small thank you for their suffering in the name of science.”
Similar legislation has been past in California, Connecticut, Minnesota, Nevada and New York and is presently pending in several other states.
“As abhorrent as I find the use of animals for medical research, my bill does not in any way prevent or limit such research.  The ethical ramifications, of justifying the suffering of animals in the name of medical research, are an argument for a later day.  My legislation will simply put in place a way for any research facility using animals to make a good faith effort in contacting local animal rescue organizations before euthanizing these brave creatures.  If these efforts are unsuccessful the research facility is free to euthanize as they would have otherwise,” added Representative Lima.
“For dogs and cats to undergo years of sometimes painful experimentation and confinement in order to make the important breakthroughs in human medical science and then be eliminated as we would our garbage is unconscionable.  The least they deserve is a chance at a happy and peaceful end of their life.  My legislation will give them that chance,” concluded Representative Lima.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903