Illinois lawmaker, university spar over research animals

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ A bill that would’ve required universities in Illinois to offer healthy cats and dogs to rescue organizations after animal testing has provoked a dispute between its Democratic sponsor and the University of Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune  reports that the legislation from state Sen. Linda Holmes of Aurora has stalled after the university said it already has adoption procedures in place. Now she wants universities to make their animal research protocols public.

Holmes argues that the University of Illinois doesn’t support the measure because it has a vendetta against an animal rights group that has promoted the bill and it doesn’t want a spotlight shone on animal testing at its facilities.

University of Illinois officials deny any mistreatment of the school’s research animals.

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