Target: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Goal: Thank Minnesota governor for signing the first law in the nation allowing dogs and cats to be adopted out of testing labs and into homes
Recently, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a new law allowing cats and dogs used for testing in labs to be adopted into homes. Before this law—the first of its kind in America—was put in place, these animals were killed after they served their testing purposes. While animal testing is not condoned, enacting a law allowing them to be adopted into a family after testing is a marked step in the right direction. Applaud Governor Dayton for this historic act towards animal rights.
An estimated 65,000 dogs are currently being used for research across the nation. They are used as testers for cosmetics, household products, and pharmaceuticals. Approximately 95% of the dogs being used are beagles, known for their sweet disposition and trusting attitudes. As the new law was moving forward, the Beagle Freedom Project commented, “This law is simple, compassionate, and common-sense. If a dog or cat is used in a tax-payer funded research experiment and is healthy at its end the lab must offer them up to public adoption through a rescue organization like Beagle Freedom Project. No federal or state laws offer any protection to these animals when the research is over and the standard operating procedure for most labs was to summarily euthanize them…Until today.”
Now, these sweet animals who have known nothing but a life of cages and labs have a chance for more. In a case of literal life and death, they have been given the opportunity to bypass death and find a new home with their adoptive family. Publicly funded research facilities and higher education groups are now required to offer animals to rescue organizations and shelters first, instead of immediately euthanizing them.
While animal testing in and of itself is still an issue, this new law is a big step forward. Minnesota Governor Dayton made history signing this into place and it has been a long time coming. With tens of thousands of dogs and cats being used in labs for testing all over the nation, it is crucial to spread the practice of giving these animals a chance at being adopted, instead of killed. Thank Governor Dayton for supporting animal rights, an act that will hopefully spread across every state.
Dear Governor Dayton,
I recently read about the new law you signed requiring that animals from research labs first be offered up for adoption, instead of automatically euthanized. This is a remarkable move forward for animal rights and I wanted to thank you for making this law.
As you are certainly aware, there are tens of thousands of animals being used for testing purposes across America. When dogs or cats had reached the end of their usefulness to the lab, they were immediately euthanized and discarded. What a terrible way to treat a living, breathing being. Thank you for taking action and making a dent in the animal testing industry. Their lives matter and they desperately deserve the chance to be adopted.
[Your Name Here]
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