Michigan Considers Prohibiting Public Research Causing Pain or Distress to Dogs

Michigan House Bill 582 would prohibit individuals employed by, contracted by, or otherwise directed to take action on behalf of a public body from conducting a research or training activity on a dog in a manner that causes pain or distress. The bill also would prohibit such individuals from breeding, purchasing, transporting, housing, feeding, or maintaining a dog for use in a research or training activity that causes pain or distress. The prohibition would not apply when a dog owner consents to the use of his or her dog in veterinary training or veterinary clinical research involving the necessary treatment of an existing disease or ailment, nor to spay/neuter procedures by a veterinarian or animal shelter.