BREAKING: Violet’s Law introduced in the Senate to free lab animals!

Posted by Daniel Lopez
30 July 2019 | GiveThemBack, Newsworthy


Following advocacy by over 1.2 million White Coat Waste Project supporters, the U.S. Senate is stepping up to protect survivors of wasteful government animal experiments!

As reported by TIME, Washington Examiner, Associated Press, and others, today, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), with the support of Sens. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), introduced the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research (AFTER) Act (S. 2322). The WCW-backed bill–which we’re calling Violet’s Law after the rescued ex-lab dog who inspired it–requires that all federal agencies enact policies allowing for the retirement of animals after experiments end in government labs.  The House of Representatives’ version of the bill was introduced back in May and already has support from nearly three dozen bipartisan cosponsors.

Federal labs experiment on about 50,000 dogs, cats, primates, rabbits and other regulated animals each year (excluding mice and rats). Sadly, since most government agencies do not have policies allowing lab animal retirement, virtually all of these animals–including puppies and kittens–will be killed, even if they’re healthy at the end of testing. But, taxpayers bought these animals and we want Uncle Sam to #GiveThemBack!

WCW has been successful in compelling agencies like the USDA to adopt out cats and the FDA to retire monkeys to sanctuary on a case-by-case basis, but these agencies and others still do not have formal policies allowing lab animal retirement. Violet’s Law would change that. All animals in federal labs deserve a chance at a happy ending like Violet, former USDA cats Petite and Delilah and the FDA monkeys.

Animals released from taxpayer-funded labs following WCW efforts (L-R): Violet was rescued from a lab by a WCW board member. Delilah was retired by the USDA when WCW shut down its kitten slaughterhouse. And this male squirrel monkeys is one of 26 who WCW got released from the FDA’s now-defunct nicotine lab.

 

Urge your Congress members to cosponsor the AFTER Act to provide a second chance to animals abused in wasteful government experiments!

Blog Comments

So glad of this news. Long time coming.

Please release these innocent animals to
Reputable sanctuary’s or rescue groups

There is no reason in the world these animals cannot be released to have a home. The only other thing is to quit testing on animals with our science we don’t need it. So with them be released To someone that will show them love for the rest of their days.

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