Delaware Becomes Eighth State to Pass the Beagle Freedom Bill

In June, Delaware Governor John Carney signed The Research Animal Retirement Act, commonly known as the Beagle Freedom Bill, making Delaware the eighth state to pass such a law.

The new law requires research laboratories to relinquish dogs and cats to rescue organizations upon completion of their research rather than euthanize them, as has been standard practice in the past.

“This policy addresses a real deficiency of law, and we are so proud to be able to secure homes for animals that have endured so much suffering,” said Shannon Keith, president of Rescue + Freedom Project, an animal rescue and advocacy group based in Los Angeles.

Thumbnail: Photography Courtesy Rescue + Freedom Project.

Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Dogster magazine. Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Dogster magazine delivered straight to you!

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