MacDonald bill would ban painful dog testing at taxpayer-funded institutions

LANSING, Mich. — Public bodies receiving public funding would be prohibited from using dogs in painful experiments under legislation introduced on Wednesday by Sen. Michael D. MacDonald.

“Man’s best friend deserves man’s best protection against abuse,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The majority of Michigan families oppose invasive experiments on dogs. As a dog owner, we wouldn’t allow this at our home, and we shouldn’t allow it at our public institutions using taxpayer funding.”

Senate Bill 971 would ban the conducting of research or training on dogs in a manner that causes pain or distress by an individual employed, contracted or otherwise directed by the state, a local government, school district, public university or government agency.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee for consideration.

A companion measure was introduced in October by Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette.