Recently Enacted Legislation: Research Animal Retirement Act

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Research Animal Retirement Act into law on August 16, 2016. This bill was supported by the Animal Law Committee and will require certain research facilities to offer dogs and cats held at such research facilities for adoption, either through private placement or placement by non-profit animal rescue and shelter organizations, prior to the facilities’ euthanizing such animals after the completion of any testing or research. The bill goes into effect in mid-September.