Allow Retired Laboratory Animals to be Adopted

Target: Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island

Goal: Enable research facilities to partner with animal rescue groups to provide former laboratory animals with loving adoptive homes.

Laboratories across Rhode Island may soon be encouraged to work with local animal rescues and adoption agencies to ensure that as many retired research animals are adopted into new homes as possible. This will potentially include some of the over one hundred cats and dogs statewide that have been subjected to suffering and confinement in the name of medical research since 2015. These animals deserve to have a second chance and must not be euthanized.

Most animal welfare laws regarding research animals only cover the treatment of these creatures during research. Once an experiment or study is over, however, there is little federal or state regulation to ensure the well-being of these innocent animals. As a result, the vast majority of lab animals are euthanized once they are ‘retired’ from study.

Research animals should not be euthanized simply because it is easier than providing them with new homes. Tell the governor of Rhode Island to support this bill that would enable labs to partner with a network of rescue groups so that more of these animals can spend the rest of their lives with loving families.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Raimondo,

The Rhode Island House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would provide clear guidelines for laboratories to follow regarding what happens to research animals once experimentation is complete. Currently, the vast majority of these creatures are euthanized, when they could be put up for adoption. If this bill becomes law, these facilities will be partnered with a network of existing animal rescue groups and adoption agencies to ensure that cats, dogs and other animals used in research can find loving homes.

Research animals have sacrificed so much in the name of finding medical breakthroughs. Many endure years of suffering through painful experiments and confinement in cages. The least we can do is offer them a second chance. That is why we, the undersigned, are urging you to support this bill so that it can become law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joe Sullivan

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13 Comments

  1. Derinda Nilsson says:

    Why are these experiment of dogs and cats done in the first place? There dna is not the same as ours. At least you could do is allow them to have a chance a forever home after all they have to go threw. Stop the experiments now. Use some of these prisoners that are doing life in jail instead of a innocent animals.

  2. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    THIS IS SO IMPORTANT….SIGNED & SHARED!!!

  3. LET THE GREAT ANIMALS FIND HOMES NOW.

  4. Carmen Rocco says:

    In the first place these experiments should not take place it is very cruel.I signed as I do not want more harm to these inoccent Animals.
    I would free all

  5. YOU MEAN OUR PRECIOUS DOGS ARE TORTURED AND WHEN THE TORTURERS ARE FINISHED, THEY ARE MURDERED??? THOSE ARE THE WORDS THAT SHOULD BE USED!!!! HOW ABOUT ALL DOGS AND OTHER INNOCENT ANIMALS AS WELL BE RELEASED FROM THEIR TORTURE INTO SANCTUARIES AND INSTEAD USE THE SAME SUBHUMAN FILTH THAT TORTURED THESE ANIMALS AS THE TEST SUBJECTS!!! UGH, NO WONDER I HATE MOST HUMANS SO MUCH!

  6. lynn woods says:

    why are animals experimented on in the first place if these subhumans have to do this do it to themselves and leave the poor animals who can’t speak for themselves alone you sick bunch of abusers

  7. Elaine Milbourn says:

    Totally against testing on animals. These animals have had a lifetime of misery and now deserve a lot of love and care for what remains of their lives. Please show some humanity and compassion and allow them some peace.

  8. Cynthia Mattera says:

    How about we stop live animal testing. Its disgusting, cruel, and not necessary. Our bodies are not like theirs to begin with. If you want to test, do your tests on serial killers and murderers.
    And yes….these poor animals deserve a loving home after all they have been though. Let them be adopted!

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