Minnesota 1st state with law assuring adoption option for research dogs, cats


Minnesota is the first state – and first political body in the world – to mandate that dogs and cats used in research must be put up for adoption when research is over, instead of being euthanized.

Gov. Mark Dayton made animal rights history when he signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill, which contains the Beagle Freedom Law. The law says that taxpayer-funded research facilities will place healthy dogs and cats up for adoption with registered nonprofit animal rescues when they're no longer needed for research.

The Beagle Freedom Project, which has been pushing for such laws in California, New York and Minnesota, says that before Dayton signed the law, no federal or state laws had offered protection to the animals and standard operating procedure for most labs was to euthanize the dog or cat, according to a news release.

There are nearly 65,000 dogs used in testing across the U.S., including about 3,000 dogs in 13 different laboratories in Minnesota, KSTP reports.

The Beagle Freedom Project partnered with Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, among others, to author the legislation.

The Beagle Freedom Project was named after beagles because it says 95 percent of dogs in lab testing are beagles. Their docile nature and people-pleasing personality make them good test subjects, but also popular family pets – they're one of the top five most popular family dogs in America, the nonprofit notes.

This embed is invalid

Next Up

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.


How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

coronavirus, Iowa

MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.


Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.


4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

Marcus Carr

Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.


Photos: ViV!R, Minneapolis' new Mexican cafe and shop, is now open

The team behind the acclaimed Popol Vuh have opened the cafe in the same space.


At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said