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Indiana: Adoption of Retired Research Animals Proposed

Indiana: Adoption of Retired Research Animals Proposed

Name: Adoption of Retired Research Animals

Bill Number: SB 16

Healthy animals deserve to have an opportunity to be adopted into loving homes after being used for research, testing, science or education purposes. This bill would require research facilities to enter into an agreement with an animal care facility for the adoption of any healthy animal no longer being used for testing, evaluation or observation to an animal shelter or animal rescue organization. Research facilities would also be allowed to adopt out animals directly to members of the public. Each research facility would determine if an individual animal is suitable for adoption.

This bill is remarkable because it includes all animals, not simply dogs and cats, in its proposal. 

Learn more about Research Cat and Dog Adoption Legislation.


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Please give animals used for research a chance to live in a loving home

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask for your support of legislation to require research institutions to make healthy animals longer needed for research, testing, science or education available for adoption, either through an animal care facility or through private adoption. Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when the research or education project is done complete, even though they may otherwise healthy and could be welcomed into a loving home.

This legislation requires research institutions to determine whether an individual animal is in good enough physical and psychological condition to allow them to be successfully integrated into an adoptive home.

This bill would give facilities the discretion to determine which animals are suitable for adoption, and would pave an easy path from the laboratory to a private home through agreements with reputable animal care facilities. It would also protect the research institutions from any civil liability associated with the adoptions.

Please give your support to legislation to give healthy animals a chance for lives after the laboratory.

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