AB 147, as introduced, 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 establishes the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and independent institutions of higher education, as defined, as the 4 segments of postsecondary education in this state.
This bill would require any public postsecondary educational institution, as defined to include 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 purposes and intends to destroy the dog or cat used for those purposes to first offer the dog or cat to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization, as defined. 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
7or cats to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue
8organization for adoption prior to euthanizing those animals, after
9the completion of any testing or research where the animal’s
10destruction is not required and the animal is no longer needed. A
11public postsecondary educational institution or independent
12institution of higher education that is required to offer dogs or cats
13to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization
14under this section may enter into an agreement with an animal
15adoption organization or animal rescue organization for the
16implementation of this section.
17(b) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall
19(1) “Animal adoption organization” or “animal rescue
20organization” means a not-for-profit entity that is exempt from
21taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
22Code or a collaboration of individuals, with at least one of its
23purposes being the sale or placement of animals that have been
24removed from a public animal control agency or shelter, society
25for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, or humane shelter,
26or that have been previously owned by any person.
P3 1(2) “Independent institution of higher education” means a
2nonpublic educational institution as defined in subdivision (b) of
postsecondary educational institution” means any
5campus of the University of California, the California State
6University, or the California Community Colleges.
7(c) This section does not apply to animals within the meaning
8of Section 17006 of the Food and Agricultural Code.