Target: Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
Goal: Adopt former research animals into loving homes to save them from euthanasia.
Higher education research facilities could be required to send their dogs and cats to a shelter once their work is done thanks to a bill has recently passed the New York assembly. In 2014, scientists used over 59,000 dogs and 21,000 cats for research. The majority of these animals were not adopted. They were euthanized. Urge Governor Cuomo to sign the legislation and give former laboratory animals the safe, healthy lives they deserve.
There are federal laws that protect animals during research. There are requirements for pain management, food, and bedding. However, neither the federal government nor New York State has laws that protect animals after research. It is the lab workers choice whether or not to try and find homes for the animals they used when their research is complete.
Many of the animals used for research would be able to assimilate into a loving home. Research animals come from diverse sources including newspaper ads, auctions, and animal shelters. The legality of taking animals from shelters, a practice known as pound seizure, varies from state to state. In addition, there are many organizations dedicated to helping former research animals including New Life Animal Santuary, the Beagle Freedom Project, Animal Rescue Corps, and Kindness Ranch. All of these organizations work with cats and dogs.
Euthanasia of lab animals should be a last resort, not a go-to option. Call on Governor Cuomo to support the new legislation and protect former lab animals.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
The New York assembly recently passed bi-partisan legislation to give laboratory cats and dogs a loving home after the institutions using them finish their research. This legislation requires higher education facilities to adopt out the animals they use instead of euthanizing them. Over 59,000 dogs and 21,000 cats were utilized for research in 2014. The majority of these animals were later euthanized. Sign this legislation and ensure that lab animals are treated humanely after research.
Adoption for former lab animals is a viable option. Lab animals come from a variety of settings including newspaper ads, auctions, and shelters. In addition, there are plenty of organizations that specialize in caring for former lab animals including New Life Animal Santuary, the Beagle Freedom Project, Animal Rescue Corps, and Kindness Ranch. Cats and dogs are accepted at all of these organizations.
Other states such as Minnesota, California, Connecticut, and Nevada all require higher education research facilities to adopt out their dogs and cats. Join this group of progressive states and give lab animals the chance for a loving home.
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