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Senate Passes Bill On Adoption Of Animals Used For Research

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have passed a watered-down version of a bill aimed at saving animals from euthanasia when laboratories are done performing research on them.

The Senate unanimously passed SB261 on Thursday.

The original bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Manendo would have required labs to offer animals up for adoption before euthanizing them as long as they were healthy enough to go to a new home. The measure would have also required labs to use each animal for no more than two years.

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The version that passed authorizes research facilities to put the animals up for adoption, and does not cap the number of years a lab can conduct testing on an animal.