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NY requiring adoptions for research cats and dogs

New York is requiring universities using cats and dogs for research to offer them for adoption through animal shelters, humane societies or private placements.

The law applies to higher education research facilities that are tax-exempt or receive public money or else collaborate with institutions getting either public benefit.

It first requires a veterinarian at the facility to determine whether an animal is healthy and suitable for adoption once the research is completed.

Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat and lead sponsor, says animals used in scientific, medical and product research across the state are usually euthanized, though some institutions voluntarily maintain adoption programs.

She says beagles are commonly bred for research and used because of their docility.

The Humane Society of the United States says Connecticut, California, Minnesota and Nevada have similar laws.

Former Mississippi governor regrets signing law against adoptions by gay couples

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says he now regrets signing a state law in 2000 that bans same-sex couples from adopting children.

Musgrove, a Democrat, served one term as governor, from January 2000 to January 2004.

He first reported his change of heart in a recent essay on the Huffington Post. He also said same-sex couples should have the right to marry.

Musgrove, who’s Baptist, told The Associated Press on March 22 that his evolution occurred over time. He said reading the U.S. Constitution made it clear that the government cannot deny rights to groups of people. 

He commended Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who recently announced support for same-sex couple after learning his son is gay.

Mississippi voters in 2004 adopted a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.