Florida Senate - 2020 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 48 Ì2747700Î274770 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Agriculture (Book) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Before line 15 4 insert: 5 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Promoting Ethical 6 Treatment Act” or “PET Act.” 7 Section 2. Section 828.52, Florida Statutes, is created to 8 read: 9 828.52 Adoption of research animals.— 10 (1) As used in this section, the term: 11 (a) “Animal rescue organization” means a nonprofit 12 charitable organization established primarily to rescue animals 13 and find adoptive homes for the animals. 14 (b) “Animal shelter” means a facility operated by a 15 nonprofit charitable organization established primarily to 16 shelter and care for stray, homeless, abandoned, or unwanted 17 animals and find adoptive homes for the animals. 18 (c) “Department” means the Department of Agriculture and 19 Consumer Services. 20 (d) “Research facility” means a facility as defined in the 21 Animal Welfare Act, 7 U.S.C. s. 2132, that is licensed by or 22 registered with the United States Department of Agriculture to 23 conduct experiments on cats or dogs for education, research, 24 science, or testing purposes. 25 (e) “Retired animal” means a cat or dog used by a research 26 facility in experiments conducted for education, research, 27 science, or testing purposes which is no longer needed for such 28 purposes. 29 (2)(a) A research facility or its authorized employee or an 30 authorized student of an institution of higher education 31 associated with the research facility shall offer a retired 32 animal for adoption through an animal rescue organization or 33 animal shelter or to an individual through an arrangement 34 between the facility and the individual. 35 (b) A research facility may not offer a retired animal for 36 adoption through an animal rescue organization or animal shelter 37 unless the facility has a written agreement with the 38 organization or shelter for the transfer of the facility’s 39 retired animals to the organization or shelter. 40 (c) A research facility that offers a retired animal for 41 adoption through an animal rescue organization or animal shelter 42 or to an individual in good faith and in compliance with this 43 section and rules adopted pursuant to this section is held 44 immune from civil liability for the transfer of the retired 45 animal to the organization, shelter, or individual or for the 46 adoption of the retired animal by an individual through the 47 organization or shelter. 48 (3) This section does not apply to a retired animal with a 49 substantial medical condition that prevents the animal from 50 successfully integrating into an adoptive home. 51 (4) The department shall adopt rules to administer this 52 section. 53 54 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 55 And the title is amended as follows: 56 Delete line 2 57 and insert: 58 An act relating to the ethical treatment of animals; 59 providing a short title; creating s. 828.52, F.S.; 60 defining terms; requiring specified research 61 facilities to offer retired research animals for 62 adoption; providing requirements for such adoption; 63 providing immunity from civil liability for such 64 facilities; providing applicability; directing the 65 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to 66 adopt rules; creating s.