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.
Under existing law, the segments of postsecondary education in this state include the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and independent institutions of higher education, as defined.
This bill would require a 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 an employee or student thereof, that confines dogs or cats for science or research purposes, if the institution determines, after the completion of any testing or research, that
begin delete anend delete animal’s destruction is not begin delete requiredend delete and the animal is no longer begin delete neededend delete and if the institution’s existing procedures for adopting the animal do not result in an adoption, to offer the dog or cat to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization, as defined, prior to euthanizing the animal. 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) A 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, if the institution
7 determines, after the
8completion of any testing or research, that
begin delete anend delete animal’s destruction is not begin delete requiredend delete
10 and the animal is no longer needed, and if the institution’s existing
11procedures for adopting the animal do not result in an adoption,
12shall offer the dogs or cats to an animal adoption organization or
13animal rescue organization for adoption prior to euthanizing those
14animals. A public postsecondary educational institution or
15independent institution of higher education that is required to offer
16dogs or cats to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue
17organization 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
begin delete 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.end delete
16(2) “Independent institution of higher education” means a
17nonpublic educational institution as defined in subdivision (b) of
19(3) “Public postsecondary educational institution” means any
20campus of the University of California, the California State
21University, or the California Community Colleges.
22(c) This section does not apply to animals within the meaning
23of Section 17006 of the Food and Agricultural Code.