Proposed bill would require adoption policy for federal animal labs
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jul 31, 2019
A bipartisan group of senators has introduced new legislation that would require all federal agencies to develop a policy that allows for the adoption of lab animals that are no longer needed for research.
Under the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research (AFTER) Act, agencies with a federal research facility will have to plan, maintain and put in a place a new adoption policy for dogs, cats, primates, rabbits, and other regulated animals considered, “suitable for retirement.”
The animals would have to be examined by a veterinarian and deemed healthy before an adoption.
Currently, many animals are euthanized because of the lack of an official policy.
“There is no reason animals that are suitable for adoption or retirement should be killed by our federal agencies,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Main), who introduced the bill along with Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
In fiscal year 2019, more than 50,000 Animal Welfare Act regulated animals (mainly dogs, cats, monkeys, and rabbits) were used in federal labs in fiscal year 2018, according to a McSally press release.
Companion legislation was introduced in the House.
View the Senate bill here.