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senate Bill S. 2322

Should Animals Who Are Being Retired From Federal Labs Be Adoptable?

Argument in favor

Animals that are being retired from federal animal testing labs deserve the opportunity to live the rest of their lives out in loving homes. This bill would allow them that opportunity.

Rebekah 's Opinion
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08/31/2019
Stop ALL animal testing. There is no valid reason to torture animals for profit when so many alternatives are available.
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Curt's Opinion
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08/30/2019
As long is the animal is generally safe to be around people, why not. It is better then just killing them.
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Jeffrey 's Opinion
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08/31/2019
A chance for a good life in a loving environment far outweighs the senseless killing of these innocent animals that have suffered unmercifully. I am a supporter of White Coat Waste Project, PETA and others that abhor animal testing and cruelty and we have made progress with much more to be done.
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The federal government is phasing animal testing out in many facilities, recently ending canine testing at the VA and kitten testing at the USDA. In light of these changes in federal labs, it’s unclear how many — if any — animals will benefit from this legislation.

Azrael's Opinion
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08/31/2019
They should be taken to a refuge to live in peace The government will not tell the truth We do not know what testing was done We do not want the animals or any humans hurt
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burrkitty's Opinion
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08/31/2019
I know that some really softhearted people think this is a good idea, but honestly, these laboratory animals aren’t suitable to be pets. It’s better to put them down.
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Thelma's Opinion
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08/31/2019
Ex-lab animals should be cared for by professionals (or at the very least, people who are trained and equipped to care for them) who understand the trauma these animals have experienced. I foresee ex-laboratory animals being abandoned by people and families who can’t deal with some of the psychological problems these animals will have.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    IntroducedJuly 30th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 2322?

This bill — the AFTER Act of 2019 — would require all U.S. agencies with federal research facilities to create policies facilitating and encouraging the adoption of animals that are no longer needed for research. It would allow animals that are no longer needed by research facilities, and who a veterinarian finds to be mentally and physically healthy, to be placed with an animal rescue group, animal sanctuary or shelter, or given to someone who wants to keep them as a pet. This bill would apply to species covered by the Animal Welfare Act, which regulates the treatment of warm-blooded animals with the exceptions of mice, rats, and birds. It’d include dogs, cats, primates, and rabbits.

This bill’s full title is the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experiments, and Research Act of 2019.

Impact

Animals in federal labs; animals retiring from federal labs; adoption of animals from federal labs; and animal rescue groups, animal sanctuaries or shelters; and those who want to adopt animals retiring from use in federal animal labs.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2322

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-DepthSen. Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced this bill to direct all federal agencies to develop and maintain policies allowing the adoption or retirement of dogs, cats, primates, rabbits, and other regulated animals no longer needed for federal lab research:

“There is no reason animals that are suitable for adoption or retirement should be killed by our federal agencies. Our bipartisan legislation continues to build on the successful policies at DOD, VA, and NIH while directing other federal agencies to facilitate and encourage the retirement of animals to help ensure they are placed in loving homes or sanctuaries whenever possible.”

Original cosponsor Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) adds

“Every animal deserves the chance to be adopted into a loving, caring home. It’s past time that we give research animals an opportunity to find a new home after they’ve been used in federal research labs.”

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), also an original cosponsor of this bill, calls it “common-sense, bipartisan legislation that would strengthen animal welfare protections.” She adds that it would “help ensure we’re making every effort to give retiring animals the opportunity to live out their lives in caring homes.”

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), sponsor of this bill’s House version, says:

“For years I’ve worked to reduce outdated government animal testing opposed by most Americans, and have been disturbed at how many healthy animals are killed at the end of research even though there are individuals, rescues and sanctuaries ready to take them in. 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.”

The White Coat Waste Project, which opposes federal animal testing, supports this bill. Its president and founder, Anthony Belotti, says: 

“On behalf of our more than 2 million members in Maine, Michigan, Arizona, New Hampshire and beyond, we applaud Senators Collins, Peters, McSally and Shaheen for introducing the AFTER Act to ensure dogs, cats, primates and other animals get a second chance at life outside of a lab when government experiments end.”

This legislation has three bipartisan Senate cosponsors, including two Democrats and one Republican. Its House companion, sponsored by Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), has 40 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 34 Democrats and six Republicans. Neither bill has received a committee vote.


Of NoteIn 2018,  there were about 50,000 animals protected by the Animal Welfare Act (mostly dogs, cats, primates, and rabbits) being held in federal labs. Currently, because federal agencies don’t have policies on adopting or retiring animals that are no longer needed in research, many animals are killed at experiments’ conclusion.

In 2018, President Trump signed a FY2018 government funding bill that defunded dog experimentation at the VA, save for rare instances with secretary-level approval. As a result of this and advocates’ campaigning to end VA testing on dogs, existing dog testing at the VA has already been cut by around 75%, and several projects were cancelled before they began. All told, the White Coat Waste Project reports, “no new dog experiments have been approved since July 2017, and only a few remain in Richmond and Cleveland.”

In April 2019, the Dept. of Agriculture announced its decision to end testing on cats. It also adopted out the 14 cats remaining in its laboratory.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / RaffaeleM)

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AFTER Act of 2019

Official Title

A bill to amend the Animal Welfare Act to allow for the retirement of certain animals used in Federal research.

    Stop ALL animal testing. There is no valid reason to torture animals for profit when so many alternatives are available.
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    They should be taken to a refuge to live in peace The government will not tell the truth We do not know what testing was done We do not want the animals or any humans hurt
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    Better yet, stop animal testing.
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    As long is the animal is generally safe to be around people, why not. It is better then just killing them.
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    A chance for a good life in a loving environment far outweighs the senseless killing of these innocent animals that have suffered unmercifully. I am a supporter of White Coat Waste Project, PETA and others that abhor animal testing and cruelty and we have made progress with much more to be done.
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    Yes, so long they are healthy and safe for adoption. But, why is legislation needed for this? Not that many years ago, this type of legislation would be unheard of. Congress would ask the executive branch agencies to just handle it. If they resisted, then there might be legislation or reconsideration of line item budgets. Oh yeah, back then our executive branch agencies and our legislators operated with conscience and a notion of basic right and wrong. Oh for the good ol’ days before hyper-partisan polarization of our government- before people learned how to manipulate the masses with Facebook, Fox News, PAC’s and attack-ad politics- you know- before any of that stuff existed.
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    I know that some really softhearted people think this is a good idea, but honestly, these laboratory animals aren’t suitable to be pets. It’s better to put them down.
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    Of course the animals should be adoptable to qualified homes and animal lovers alike. I was actually gonna start a sanctuary where animals could live and be happy as they should be and adopted. But my friends are like "Duggy, you KNOW good and well that you wouldn't want to let ONE go to anyone else, you'd end up with a GD Zoo! And they are 100% correctamundo😉 It is disgusting and appalling how we treat animals amongst us. They SHOULD have a clean life as we should. You realize if we went to a distant planet and there was life there. Let's say we've never seen a whale or what have you. You KNOW damn well we would spend A SHIT-TON to find a way to communicate with them? A SHIT-TON, and how respectful we'd be? WAKE UP! We have them here amongst us but we shit on them literally! We dump our sewage, dangerous chemicals, nuclear waste and we even drill for oil IN THEIR HOUSE!! We can learn to be a better living organism than we are, man😎✌️ Tell me, how many of you would like for me to take a shit and drop a few drops of oil in your bathtub?🤔 Hmmm, all I seem to hear is GD crickets! We need to look at ourselves and what we're doing to life around us. We CAN and SHOULD do better than what we're doing and we ALL KNOW THIS. And if by chance you're one who doesn't know, realize OR care.. then maybe it's YOU who we should be doing tests on! PuffPuffPass💨✌️
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    I hesitate on this one. Yes for dogs and cats to be adopted that were once in testing and if their behavior is not such that could be concern or a danger. Animals that are considered wild should be taken to an animal refuge, sanctuary, or a zoo and should not be adopted out to citizens.
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    We depend on animal studies to improve our lives. We need to be good shepherds of these creatures.
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    Yes they should they shouldn’t be killed like they been doing they should get to retire like like people they’ve done their job
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    There are so many issues-trump’s concentration camps, his cruel racist behavior and cruel racist policies, trump’s lies and trump’s obstruction of justice, the GOP pushing debt to exorbitantly high levels, a looming recession due to trump’s stupidity in trade and foreign policy, the earth is burning! Climate change is threatening our way of life, we need to protect our natural resources, parks and lands - and reduce pollution- there are so many huge issues! And we need Elections security! Protect our elections! I would like to see less animal-testing and definitely support humane treatment of animals. However I believe our nation and our congress has so many huge issues - I feel time and attention must be focused on the huge major threats facing our nation, especially those I have mentioned here.
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    Not sure. Depends on the research that was done and the possible long term effects of that research. Think carefully.
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    If these animals have been shown to be safe for adoption I’m ok with them being put up for adoption.
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    Why is this even a question-there shouldn’t be lab animals but if it is a must then we owe it to do the right thing!
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    I’m all for believing that Animals which that are being retired from federal animal testing labs should deserve the opportunity to live the rest of their lives out in loving homes. This bill would allow them that opportunity. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻🐒👍🏻🐥👍🏻. 8.30.19.....
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    Animal lives matter and they deserve a happy life!
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    Yes. And they should be treated/cured of any diseases or injuries at no cost to the adoptee prior to adoption. However, unfortunately there may be situations where the animal just isn't suited to be placed with someone because of the tests done, in which case euthanasia would be the only humane choice. It would be best if there was no testing on living creatures to begin with. These animals need loving forever homes.
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    Yeah, the good old days, JimK. I remember them well...
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    Absolutely! These animals have done way more for us than we deserve. Of course they should be adopted or!
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