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NJ lawmakers introduce bill to stop euthanization of cats, dogs

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Two New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill in Trenton to prevent cats and dogs no longer used for educational, research or scientific purposes from being killed.

S-2344 would require institutions of higher education and research facilities to offer cats and dogs to animal rescue organizations for adoption before considering euthanizing them.

Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) introduced legislation

“Rescued animals make for the best family members and companions,” said state Sen. Jennifer Beck, a co-sponsor of the measure.

“Cats and dogs shouldn’t be sentenced to death at the end of an experiment or project,” she added. “Their lives should be respected and cherished from beginning to end.”

“Adoption, not euthanasia, should be the first choice for healthy cats and dogs whose roles have concluded in research studies,” added state Sen. Michael Doherty. “They deserve a chance.”

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