BOYLE, MACE INTRODUCE BILL TO RETIRE ANIMALS FROM GOVERNMENT LABS
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-02) and Congresswoman Nancy Mace (SC-01) introduced the bipartisan Animal Freedom from Testing, Experiments and Research (AFTER) Act. The bill directs all federal agencies to develop and maintain a policy allowing for the retirement and adoption of dogs, cats, primates, rabbits, and other regulated animals no longer needed for research in federal labs.
Currently, tens of thousands of animals endure a range of taxpayer-funded testing in federal labs from observational studies to invasive experiments. In most cases, healthy animals are euthanized when they are longer needed by researchers.
In recent years, following Congressional efforts led by Rep. Boyle, the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense have enacted lab animal retirement policies.
The AFTER Act will ensure that federal agencies have policies in place to facilitate the relocation of healthy lab animals to private homes, animal rescues, or reputable sanctuaries whenever possible.
"For years I’ve worked to end outdated government animal testing opposed by most Americans, and I have been disturbed at how many healthy animals are killed at the end of research even though there are individuals and organizations ready to take them in,” said Congressman Boyle. "These animals deserve a second chance and the AFTER Act will ensure that federal agencies have plans in place to identify suitable homes for dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals that survive government experiments.”
“It’s cruel and unnecessary to euthanize dogs, cats and other animals in federal research labs that are healthy enough to be adopted out and live happy lives,” said Congresswoman Mace. “Our bill will ensure that federal agencies consider retirement and adoption for animals no longer needed in taxpayer-funded research whenever possible.”
“We applaud Reps. Boyle and Mace’s outstanding leadership for introducing the AFTER Act to give animals an opportunity to find homes with taxpayers when government experiments end,” said Justin Goodman, vice president of White Coat Waste Project. “The dogs, cats, rabbits, monkeys and other animals confined in government laboratories belong to taxpayers, and over 1 million WCW advocates have told Congress that they want these animals back.”