White Coat Waste Project’s bipartisan event on Capitol Hill last night to promote Violet’s Law (aka the AFTER Act) proved once again that dogs are the great unifier.
“Hounds on the Hill” was co-hosted by AFTER Act leaders Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Representatives Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN).
Rep. Walorski–whose congressional district is home to a sanctuary for primates retired from labs— delivered opening remarks in which she called her legislation, which requires federal labs to allow dogs, cats, primates and other animals to be retired when experiments end, a “Hoosier common sense bill.”
Dozens of staffers from Republican and Democratic offices attended WCW’s dog-friendly event in the Senate to learn more about how they can support the AFTER Act and give animals in government labs a second chance. After all, taxpayers bought these animals and they want Uncle Sam to #GiveThemBack.
WCW has convinced the National Institutes of Health and Department of Veterans Affairs to implement lab animal retirement policies, but more than 10 other agencies still have not. The AFTER Act would change that.
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