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USA: Beagle Freedom Law passed in Minnesota

On May 20, 2014, Minnesota became the first state in the U.S. and first political body in the world to mandate that laboratory dogs and cats be offered for public adoption through a rescue organization if they are healthy at the end of the experiment.


The Beagle Freedom Law is part of the Omnibus Supplemen­tal Budget Bill, authored by Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapo­lis, and Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul.


According to the Los Angeles-based Beagle Freedom Project, which sponsored the legislation, nearly 65,000 dogs across the country are used to test cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and house­hold products and nearly 96 percent of the dogs are beagles, one of the top five most popular family dog breeds in America.


A similar measure is currently before the Appropriations Committee in California.




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