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Federal Bills Would Make All Suitable Animals Available for Adoption After Research

Federal Bills Would Make All Suitable Animals Available for Adoption After Research

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 used:

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:

  • Allowing unescorted public visitations;
  • Engaging in commercial trade;
  • Breeding their animals;
  • Permitting direct contact between the public and such an animal;
  • Allowing the use of an animal for performance or exhibition purposes;
  • Conducting research that causes pain or distresses to an animal.

 

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.

Call to Actions:

  1. Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and urge them to sponsor the AFTER Act.
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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]