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!
The AFTER Act was introduced to ensure that all federal agencies have policies in place to facilitate the relocation of healthy, retired lab animalshttps://t.co/Unni6mjZ2x
— One Green Planet (@OneGreenPlanet) April 30, 2021
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!
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.
Lab animals that are suitable for adoption or retirement should never be killed by federal agencies. @SenGaryPeters & I introduced a bill that provides the direction agencies need to help ensure these animals are placed in loving homes or sanctuaries.https://t.co/uNbqFOsf75
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) April 27, 2021
Happy #NationalKittenDay! I believe all animals deserve a happy, loving home. That’s why I’m a proud cosponsor of the AFTER Act, which would ensure kittens and other animals previously used for experiments in government labs have a chance at adoption.
— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) July 10, 2021
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.
— GovExec (@GovExec) April 29, 2021
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.
U.S. Senators Reintroduce The #AFTERAct; A Bill To Ensure That Retired U.S. Government Lab Animals Find Forever Homes 🙏🐕🐇
— World Animal News (@WorldAnimalNews) May 4, 2021
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.
“Violet’s Law is the most important public policy of its kind. It would make lab survivor retirement of cats, dogs, monkeys and other federally regulated animals standard across the whole federal government.” #GiveThemBack https://t.co/37uXlRrl2j
— White Coat Waste Project🥼🗑️ (@WhiteCoatWaste) April 18, 2021
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.
Let’s get this done ! https://t.co/DoxlybUeJu
— Monica Seles (@MonicaSeles10s) April 29, 2021
— Kim Basinger (@kimbasinger) June 24, 2021
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!