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Animal Law Coalition
Limiting Pound Seizure in UT
H.B. 107 was introduced by Utah state Rep. Jennifer Seelig. The bill is now before the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee.
Basically, this bill attempts to limit pound seizure which is the policy of providing shelter animals for research, experiments, testing, or "educational purposes". Utah law requires public shelters to make animals available for these Under H.B. 107 a local government would have the discretion to decide not to send animals to be used for research or "educational purposes". The bill would also prohibit making an animal available to be used for research or educational purposes unless: (1) the animal has been legally impounded for at least five days or a longer period as provided by local ordinance; (2) the animal has not been claimed or redeemed; and (3) the animal shelter has made a reasonable effort to find the rightful owner of the animal or to make it available to others.
Significantly, the bill provides that an animal could not be used for research or educational purposes if the surrendering owner signs a statement prohibiting use of the animal in that way.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please support this bill which amends Utah's law, UT Code § 26-26-3. If you live in Utah, find your state representative here and call or write (faxes are best) and urge him or her to vote yes to H.B. 107. Let your representative know that you are a constituent, that you live in his or her district.
Also, find committee members here and their contact information here, and call or write and urge them to vote yes on H.B. 107.
There are two bills before the Legislature this session directly affecting animals.
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