February 24, 2020
A new FDA policy allows animals used in experiments to be adopted by rescues and sanctuaries after testing ends. Euthanasia is no longer required, which means that healthy dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and some farmed animals have a chance to find their forever homes.
The policy was enacted following pressure from groups like The White Coat Waste Project (WCW) and Jane Goodall. WCW continues to fight against the cruel use of animals for experiments and argues that this is a misuse of our tax dollars.
In 2019, the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experiments, and Research (AFTER) Act called upon agencies to implement lab animal retirement strategies. US Representative Brendan Boyle, who supported the AFTER Act, is working to end outdated government animal testing. "[I] have been disturbed at how many animals are killed at the end of research even though there are individuals, rescues, and sanctuaries ready to take them in," says Boyle. "I’ll continue to champion this issue to ensure that as many animals as possible get a second chance at a full and happy life outside of government labs."
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