Michigan Considers Legislation to Regulate Disposition of Animals Used in Research Laboratories

Michigan House Bill 4882 would require every research facility that “uses laboratory animals” to report the total number of “laboratory animals owned” by the facility, the total number of “laboratory animals that are used for laboratory research conducted at the research facility,” the total number of “laboratory animals released” by the facility, the name and address of each “animal control shelter or animal protection shelter to which a laboratory animal was released,” and a list of the names and addresses of the “animal control shelters and animal protection shelters with which the facility has entered into an agreement” for the disposition of animals used in research. The bill also provides for administrative fines of up to $10,000 and other procedures for violations of the rules governing disposition of animals used in laboratory research. The bill additionally would create a “laboratory animal fund” within the state treasury to administer the law.