Government News


Legislation mandating that private and public research institutions find adoptive homes for dogs or cats no longer needed in studies.

The Committee heard testimony on Monday, including emotional comments from animal rights supporters in favor of the bill.  No action was taken on HB594 but it appeared that most members of the Committee supported the bill.  Earlier this week, in an effort to help defeat the bill, NABR submitted the attached letter to the Committee urging that they oppose the bill.

We are hearing that a vote could come soon and that supporters of HB594 are working to include more restrictive and overly burdensome provisions to the bill, on top of the current language that would limit studies with dogs and cats to only two years in length.  NABR cannot stress enough the importance of contacting the ALL members of the House Health and Government Operations Committee IMMEDIATELY.  Attached is NABR’s one-pager of talking points on these types of bills that should help guide you when contacting the Committee.

Even if you have done so already, please contact the ENTIRE Health and Government Operations Committee IMMEDATELY and voice your opposition to HB594.  Please also encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.  Email addresses for the committee are listed below.  Simply copy and paste the entire block into the “To:” section of your email to message the entire committee. Please keep your comments brief and be sure to mention you are a part of Maryland’s biomedical research community.;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

If you would prefer to call, here are phone numbers for each member of the Committee see the PDF below.

NABR Capwiz system

AALAS has emailed the entire membership with a request to use the NABR Capwiz system to support HR 3136. This legislation will help improve transparency at the USDA. AALAS has already signed onto the coalition letter. Please send a pre-written message to their representatives. According to NABR, AALAS members have generated approximately 100 emails to the Hill already. Hopefully that number can grow once we reach out to branch members as well!!! Check out the Link below

Capwiz Link:


  • The New York court has dismissed the petition for a writ of habeas corpus in regards to the two chimpanzees held at a state university on Long Island, NY. Link to AP story: Associated Press Coverage
  • The GRC is working on a response to the “Petition to Amend the Reporting Requirements for Research Facilities Under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations.” The deadline for comment is August 24. We will share our response as soon as it is approved by the AALAS Executive Committee. Here is a link to read more:!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0033-0001


AALAS’ response to the petition regarding ethologically appropriate standards for NHPs in research.

Please read the information on the petition as well as AALAS’ response. If you follow the link on the button below, you will be directed to a page where there is a “comment now” button.

Please share AALAS’ response with your branch members and encourage them to comment on behalf of AALAS.

If you follow the link on the website above, you will be directed to a page where there is a “comment now” button.

The deadline for comments is 8/31/15

Thank you AirFrance!!

Sign this petition to commend Air France for its commitment to transporting laboratory animals for biomedical research.

Recent Bills

House Bill 443: Crimes Relating to Animals 

Unauthorized Use of Dogs and Cats in Research Facilities - Penalties 

**has been deemed UNFAVORABLE and will not more forward in the legislative process**


House Bill 567: Crimes Relating to Animals 

Failure to Offer Dogs and Cats Used in Research 3 Facilities for Adoption – Penalties

**has been deemed UNFAVORABLE and will not more forward in the legislative process**