#GiveThemBack Is Back! Senate Reintroduces WCW-Backed Violet’s Law to Retire Gov Lab Survivors

Posted by Arin Greenwood
26 April 2021 | GiveThemBack, Newsworthy


This is a WCW-backed bill that no one should oppose (and recent polling shows basically no one does). Following WCW’s campaign, the U.S Senate just reintroduced the AFTER Act, also known as Violet’s Law, to make lab animal adoption an option … across the entire federal government!

This is a B.F.D. You see, government white coats usually kill survivors—even healthy and adoptable ones—rather than let taxpayers adopt them, or retire them to sanctuaries. It’s just more convenient.

Well, taxpayers “bought” the survivors. Now WCW is making Uncle Sam #GiveThemBack!

Survivors 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 Gregory is one of 26 monkeys who WCW got released from the FDA’s now-defunct nicotine lab.


The AFTER Act’s full name is the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research Act (S. 1378). It’s bipartisan legislation led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN) are also co-sponsoring this imPAWtant bill.

There’s another name for the bill, too: Violet’s Law.  Named for the rescued ex-lab dog who inspired it, and who inspires us.



In January, we got the Environmental Protection Agency to commit to retiring rabbits who survive experimentation. We’ve saved 26 squirrel monkeys from the Food and Drug Administration’s $5.5 million nicotine addiction studies, who now live at a primate sanctuary in Florida, and the survivors of the USDA’s $22 million  “Kitten Slaughterhouse” lab, after we got that hellhole shut down.

We’ve also secured the first-ever agency-wide commitments to retire and release lab survivors at the:

But, as we wrote in our recent op-ed published in USA Today:

A supermajority of taxpayers want Violet’s Law to become the law of the land with 71 percent of Democrats and 72 of Republicans telling Lincoln Park Strategies they want retirement, not death, for animals who survive experiments in government labs.

We say animals who survive government labs deserve a second chance, but in a way that’s a misnomer. They haven’t really even gotten a first chance. At least not yet.

These cats, dogs, monkeys, and other animals deserve better than to survive a government lab only to be killed. They deserve retirement; they deserve sanctuaries and loving homes. Not a life of abuse, then a shot of pentobarbital.

And you deserve better, too.

ABC7 investigative reporter Scott Taylor was instrumental in helping White Coat Waste Project expose and shut down the USDA’s kitten slaughterhouse. Along with Washington, DC’s ABC7 he helped spread the word about Violet’s Law (aka the AFTER Act), and why it’s needed to spare the lives of over 50,000 dogs, cats, primates, rabbits and other animals locked in government laboratories.

Watch ABC 7’s outstanding new investigation that featured Violet’s journey from a lab dog to a lap dog and how WCW is working with Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and other lawmakers to pass a common-sense bill that would open the doors to retirement for animals across government laboratories:


Taxpayers paid for these animals. We should have a say in their fates.
We say those fates should be good. 

We say:

Please help us make the government give them back by urging your Congress members to cosponsor Violet’s Law to provide a second chance to animals abused in wasteful government experiments!

Blog Comments

STOP ANIMAL TESTING.. Use modern advances in computer modeling and stop torture and killing of innocent voiceless animals… You fucking monsters

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