22 Jan Beyond Adoption – Last Hope K9 & Legislation
The Rescue Bill (H.755) This important bill sets reasonable laws regarding the importation of dogs and cats into the state of MA and how they are quarantined (QT) and determined to be healthy.
Currently each dog that enters MA must first spend 48 hrs in a state approved QT facility prior to being available for adoption. If the dog is deemed healthy by a vet after their QT period, they are issued a health certificate and sent to their foster home. If H.755 passes, we will instead have the option of holding the dog in a foster home for 5 days for QT rather than an outside facility. Each dog LHK9 imports into MA must first receive a USDA approved Health Certificate prior leaving their state of origin, which makes this process redundant and extremely costly. Eliminating this regulation will reduce the stress on dogs during their transition and save rescues thousands of dollars that could otherwise be spent in the fight against over population and senseless euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals (LHK9 spends over $150k a year on QT). It will also allow us to once again hold adoption events in retail stores and daycare/boarding facilities which previously provided so many opportunities for the dogs, the families, and the rescue.
To learn more about this regulation, click HERE to view the Rescue Bill FAQ.
The following descriptions are from the MSPCA, please visit their site for more info on these and other excellent animal welfare bills: https://www.mspca.org/animal_protection/state-legislation/
S. 175, H. 800: An Act banning the retail sale of cats and dogs in pet shops
These bills prohibit the sale of commercially bred puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet shops. Typically, pet shops obtain animals from substandard and cruel breeding facilities, which results in consumers unknowingly purchasing neglected, sick or genetically-compromised pets. MA state records document such complaints from across the state. State and federal records have also demonstrated that puppies from the worst “puppy mills” in the country have been sold to MA consumers via pet shops. These bills thus protect both animals and consumers, while having no impact on responsible breeders.
S. 595, H. 1037: Breed Anti Discrimination in Housing and Homeowners Insurance
An Act concerning the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines pertaining to dogs harbored upon the insured property. These bills prevent insurance companies from denying or cancelling homeowners insurance based on the breed of dog owned, a practice that can separate dogs from their families. Such decisions should instead be based on the behavior of the individual dog, not his or her appearance/suspected breed.
S. 534, H. 758, H. 764: The Beagle Freedom Bill: An Act protecting research animals
These bills facilitate a relationship between laboratories that use dogs and cats for research and registered non-profit animal rescue organizations in order to make retired laboratory dogs and cats available for public adoption. There are several thousand dogs (most often beagles) and cats tested on in labs every year in MA, and most are killed after research is finished. Euthanizing healthy dogs and cats after research is not a “humane” conclusion to their use.
S. 505, H. 823: An act concerning the use of animals in product testing
These bills require the use of non-animal test methods when available. Alternatives provide information of equivalent or superior quality and relevance to humans in comparison to animal tests. These bills apply to products such as cosmetics, household cleaners, and industrial chemicals, like those in paint; it does not apply to testing done for medical research, including testing of drugs or medical devices. There is no excuse to continue using live animals for safety testing of consumer products when reliable, predictive and lower cost non-animal tests are available. (Tide Detergent is tested on dogs in laboratories.)
These bills would greatly improve the lives of pets and their people across the state, but animal welfare bills are typically NOT high profile, not in the news, and often not even voted on.
Legislators need to hear from you to help get them passed!
If you want to see some movement on these bills, we need YOUR help reaching our state legislators. There are several ways you can contact your representatives. The MSPCA website offers some great resources and tips that can be found HERE.
If you’d like to send a letter to your representative regarding H.755 a sample letter can be found at https://www.lasthopek9.org/support-h755/
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