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Overview of Bill

The object of this Bill is to amend the Animal Research Act 1985 to require a person, as a condition of the person’s accreditation as a research establishment or the person’s animal research authority, to take all reasonable steps to home a dog or cat that is no longer required by the person for animal research purposes unless a vet has determined that the dog or cat is not suitable to be homed.

Such reasonable steps include:

(a) socialising or training the dog or cat to ensure that the dog or cat is suitable for homing, or
(b) causing the dog or cat to be given to a person or animal homing organisation, or
(c) any other action taken in accordance with the Code of Practice under that Act.

The Bill provides that a dog or cat is taken to be no longer required by a person for animal research purposes if the dog or cat has been kept by the person for more than 6 months. Failure to comply with the proposed requirement is grounds for a complaint under Part 4 of the Animal Research Act 1985

To read the full Bill see the link below.

Animal Research Amendment (Reduction in Deaths of Dogs and Cats Used for Research) Bill 2018