AB 147, as amended, Dababneh. Postsecondary education: animal research.
Existing law establishes a state policy that no adoptable animal should be euthanized if it can be adopted into a suitable home.
Existing law authorizes the State Department of Public Health to prescribe rules under which approval shall be granted to persons who wish to keep or use animals for diagnostic purposes, education, or research. Existing law authorizes the State Department of Public Health to make, promulgate, modify, amend, or rescind reasonable rules and regulations relating to the use of animals in diagnostic procedures and medical research. A person who violates these provisions is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Existing law establishesend delete
the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and independent institutions of higher education, as
begin delete defined, as
the 4 segments of postsecondary education in this stateend delete.
This bill would require
begin delete any public postsecondary educational institution, as defined to includeend delete any campus of the University of California, the California State University, or the California Community Colleges, or an independent institution of higher education, as defined, or employee or student thereof, that confines dogs or cats for science or research begin delete purposes and intends to destroy the dog or cat used for those purposesend delete to begin delete firstend delete offer the dog or cat to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization, as begin delete defined.end delete The bill would not apply to animals suffering from a serious illness or severe injury, or to newborn animals that need maternal care and have been impounded without their mothers.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 66017.7 is added to the Education Code,
(a) Any public postsecondary educational institution
4or independent institution of higher education, or employee or
5student thereof, that confines dogs or cats for the purposes set forth
6in Section 1650 of the Health and Safety Code, shall offer the dogs or cats
11to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization
12for adoption prior to euthanizing those
begin delete animals, after the
13completion of any testing or research where the animal’s
14destruction is not required and the animal is no longer needed.end delete
15 A public postsecondary educational institution or
16independent institution of higher education that is required to offer
17dogs or cats to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue
18organization under this section may enter into an agreement with
P3 1an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization for
2the implementation of this section.
3(b) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall
5(1) “Animal adoption organization” or “animal rescue
6organization” means a not-for-profit entity that is exempt from
7taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
8Code or a collaboration of individuals, with at least one of its
9purposes being the sale or placement of animals that have been
10removed from a public animal control agency or shelter, society
11for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, or humane shelter,
12or that have been previously owned by any person.
13(2) “Independent institution of higher education” means a
14nonpublic educational institution as defined in subdivision (b) of
16(3) “Public postsecondary educational institution” means any
17campus of the University of California, the California State
18University, or the California Community Colleges.
19(c) This section does not apply to animals within the meaning
20of Section 17006 of the Food and Agricultural Code.