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  • Holmes' measure would require institutions to have adoption plan for dogs, cats

    holmes 031417SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, introduced legislation that would require public research institutions in Illinois to have an adoption policy in place for dogs and cats used in testing rather than euthanizing them.

    “This legislation is very straightforward. It tells public universities and research institutions to make a meaningful effort to put an animal up for adoption instead of euthanizing it,” Holmes said. “This measure ensures that an animal is given a shot at a life outside of a laboratory, and it does so without overregulating scientific research.”

    Similar legislation has already been passed in California, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut and Nevada. The Illinois legislation does not force research institutions to find a home for each animal, nor does it ban euthanasia outright. It requires publicly-funded institutions to have an adoption plan for animals deemed eligible by a veterinarian before euthanasia is an option.

    The measure, Senate Bill 1884 passed out of committee today. It now moves to consideration before the full Illinois Senate.

  • Sen. Holmes named Humane Society Legislator of the Year

    holmes humane awdSPRINGFIELD – For her efforts supporting and passing animal welfare bills, State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, was awarded this year’s Humane Society Legislator of the Year Award.

    "It is an honor to receive this award,” Holmes said. “I am a lifelong lover of animals, so when I became a senator it was second nature to support legislation that protects animals.”

    The Legislator of the Year Award is given to the General Assembly member who best advocates for the wellbeing of animals. Sen. Holmes has sponsored numerous animal welfare bills throughout her career. This year, she is sponsoring measures to ban elephants from traveling exhibitions, control feral cat populations and create adoption plans for research animals, as well as several other pieces of animal welfare legislation.

    “On behalf of our members, supporters and allies in Illinois, we are proud of the animal protection initiatives that Senator Holmes has championed in our state” Humane Society of the United States Illinois State Director Marc Ayers said. “She is a leader bringing both sides together to achieve amazing advances in our movement and continues to support our efforts to protect companion animals and wildlife, among other important animal welfare protections.”

    The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. It provides hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year.

  • Senate approves Holmes' Beagle Freedom Bill

    holmes beagles 2017SPRINGFIELD — Legislation to improve the adoption process for research dogs and cats has been approved by the Illinois Senate. State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, introduced legislation that would require public research institutions in Illinois to have an adoption policy in place for healthy dogs and cats used in testing.

    “Last General Assembly, the ‘Beagle Freedom Bill’ sparked an important debate,” Holmes said. “We ended up needing to go back and fix a few problems with the bill to bring it back this year. The current measure reflects all of that work. It ensures that an animal is given a chance at a life outside of a laboratory, and it does so without overregulating scientific research.”

  • Top New Laws for Animals in 2018

    topanimalsAnimal rights activists think of Illinois as a state with strong animal rights laws. Here are a few new laws benefiting animals that will take effect January 1, 2018, after passage in the General Assembly this year.