Virginia House passes bills to improve conditions and oversight of breeding cats and dogs for research
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a series of bills aimed at improving oversight and protecting dogs and cats bred for medical research.
The House unanimously supported several bills by Sen. William M. Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin) on Monday, including a a measure that would oblige breeders put dogs and cats that a test center no longer needs up for adoption before euthanizing them.
If signed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, the legislation would expand the current law that only requires animal testing facilities to follow these rules.
The 100-member chamber also passed a bill by Senator Stanley that compels breeders who sell dogs or cats to medical research facilities. keep a record of each animal for at least two years from the date of sale or transfer. The bill also requires the breeder to share a summary of records with the state veterinarian annually.
Virginia State Delegates also endorsed Stanley’s bill to prohibit a dealer or commercial breeder of dogs or cats from selling, offering, or importing any dog or cat “bred by a person who has received certain citations under the Federal Human Rights Act animals”.
Current Virginia law prohibits these activities only in cases where dogs are being sold. If signed by Governor Youngkin, the provisions of the bill would apply to violations beginning in March 2023.
The House version of the bill already passed the House and the State Senate. The Virginia House passed those three bills, with some minor changes, by a vote of 98 to 0 on Monday.
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