Updated: 05/27/2014 4:50 PM
Created: 05/27/2014 4:17 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Animals used for laboratory testing gained some rights this legislative session.
Across the U.S., there are nearly 65,000 dogs being used to test cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and household products. Before, no laws addressed the opportunity of adopting post-research.
When Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill, he also signed the Beagle Freedom Bill into law, which states dogs and cats used by taxpayer-funded laboratories and education institutions can be put up for adoption after they are no longer needed for research.
Minnesota was the first state to enact the law.
The Beagle Freedom Project had been pushing for the legislation. In December, the organization headed the release and adoption of nine dogs in the Twin Cities.
According to the Freedom Project, 96 percent of laboratory dogs are beagles because of their friendly nature.