Call today to ensure your elected officials help animals used in research and testing. 
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Call now for animals in labs

Today is the statewide call-in day for lab animals! Friend,, will you make two quick calls to your state legislators to urge them to help pass laws to help animals used in research and testing? 

Our coalition – HSUS, MSPCA, NEAVS, and the grassroots group MA Beagle Freedom – is asking animal advocates across the Commonwealth to call in support the "Alternatives Bill" and "Beagle Bill" today, Wednesday, May 8.

  • The Alternatives Bill (H.823, S.505) would prevent the use of animal testing for products when effective alternatives are available.
  • The Beagle Bill (H.758, H.764, S.534) would facilitate the adoption of dogs and cats after their use in research or testing has ended.

MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS: Animals in labs need your voice. Please make two brief, polite calls to your state representative and state senator to urge action on these bills (look up their phone numbers).

When you call, you'll likely speak to a staff member or leave a voicemail. You can simply state your name and the town you live in, then say something like:

  • "As a constituent who cares about animal welfare, I’m asking you to support legislation to protect animals in labs. Known as the “Alternatives Bill,” House Bill 823 and Senate Bill 505 would promote effective alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics, household cleaners, and industrial chemicals. Known as the “Beagle Bill,” House Bills 758 and 764 and Senate Bill 534 would facilitate the adoption of dogs and cats retired from research or product testing. These bills have been referred to the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee, and I’d like to speak with someone in the Representative’s/ Senator’s office about how we can help advance these bills.”
Read more about how these bills would help lab animals in our factsheet

It only takes a few minutes to make a difference. After your two calls, please send a follow-up email to your legislators (look up their emails). Personalizing your message will help it stand out.

Thank you to State Representative Jack Patrick Lewis and State Senator Mark Montigny for sponsoring the Alternatives Bill! Thank you to State Representatives Carolyn Dykema and Michell DuBois and State Senator Bruce Tarr for sponsoring the Beagle Bill!

Thank you

With every call and email to your lawmakers, you're helping build a more humane Massachusetts. Thank you for taking action! 

Magnify your impact by inviting your friends and neighbors in Massachusetts to the Statewide Call-In Day to Help Lab Animals event on Facebook. Share your experience making the calls in a comment to encourage fellow animal advocates to take action.

Stephanie J. Harris
Massachusetts & Rhode Island  State Director
Humane Society of the United States

7,890 dogs were used in research and testing in Massachusetts in 2017 alone according to data from the 2017 USDA Annual Report. You can help ensure that dogs and cats have the opportunity to live a life in a home as an adopted pet once their time in the research laboratory has come to an end – an opportunity that each of these animals deserve.

Are you looking for more ways to help animals? Get involved with animal issues in your own neck of the woods. Let us know what issues interest you most by filling out this short form, and we’ll connect with you on ways to engage. You’ll be called on to help as needed, and you can volunteer as much time as you’d like.
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