Name: Animal Freedom from Testing, Experiments, and Research (AFTER) Act of 2019
Bill Number: HR 2897/S 2322
Animals used in research are routinely euthanized when a
research project is complete, even though they may be otherwise healthy and
suitable for adoption. The Animal
Freedom from Testing, Experiments, and Research (AFTER) Act, HR 2897,
would implement such a policy for all federal research facilities. On July 30,
a companion bill, S 2322, was
introduced in the Senate by Senator Susan Collins (ME).
The AFTER Act would amend the Animal Welfare Act to require
any federal laboratory research or exhibition facilities using animals to
develop standards and requirements to facilitate the adoption or non-laboratory
placement of any animal no longer needed for research. These standards must
have guidelines to determine whether an animal would be suitable for release to
an animal rescue organization, animal sanctuary, animal shelter or to an
individual. For the purposes of this legislation, the following definitions are
An animal rescue
organization is one with the purpose of rescuing animals that are unwanted,
abandoned or otherwise in need of placement and finding permanent adoptive
homes for such animals.
An animal sanctuary
operates a place of refuge where unwanted, displaced or retired animals are
provided care for their lifetime. Animal sanctuaries are prohibited from:
An animal shelter
accepts or seizes animals for the purposes of caring for the animals, placing
them in a permanent adoptive home or carrying out law enforcement purposes.
Federal research facilities would have 90 days from the time
of passage of this bill to develop their plans for adoption.
This bill differs from the Humane Retirement Act, HR
2850, in that it allows the placement of all
types of animals after research—not just dogs and cats, as is the case with
HR 2850—but only from federal research facilities. The AFTER Act would also
require each facility to establish their own standards for adoption, instead of
having a uniform policy that each institution must follow.
This legislation has three cosponsors in the Senate and 33
cosponsors in the House.
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Please ensure that all animals used by federal research facilities have a chance at adoption or retirement to a sanctuary
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support HR 2897/S 2322, which would require all federal research institutions using animals to adopt standards to facilitate the adoption or non-laboratory placement of any suitable animal no longer needed for research. The "suitability" of animals for adoption or retirement to a sanctuary must be defined in the institution's own plans. Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when a research is done, even though they may be otherwise healthy. There are many states that have already enacted laws to require that healthy dogs and cats be made available for adoption. This bill goes one step further by also requiring that animals not appropriate to be kept as companion animals have a chance to be retired to a sanctuary suited to the needs of their species. I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure. It would give structure to the disposition of animals no longer needed for laboratory research, requiring each federal research facility to develop the necessary guidelines to accomplish an objective that is already being practiced by some facilities around the country. Please consider becoming a sponsor of this bill to help it move forward quickly this session. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]