Target: Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee
Goal: Require retired research animals to be adopted out rather than euthanized.
Throughout the United States, many governments are choosing to give retired research animals a chance at finding a forever home. This means that once a laboratory research animal is no longer needed it will be put in an animal shelter, or other program, with the intent of placing it in a forever home. Washington does not currently have a law that guarantees a happy life after research for animals, and it is home to one of the few colleges in the country that regularly tests on animals.
In states that do not require research facilities to place their retired animals in homes the animals are normally euthanized. Research animals lead very depressing lives. They are kept in cages all day until they are needed for research, in which case they are forced to undergo acute stress, pain, cancer, broken bones, and many other forms of torture. They are not allowed to go to the park, sleep in a proper bed, or any other freedoms that members of their same species are granted.
Washington has an amazing adoption success rate, as well as many compassionate humans who would be delighted to give retired research animals a proper home. Urge the governor of Washington to consider introducing policies that would allow research animals to find forever homes.
Dear Governor Inslee,
There are numerous states around the nation which give research animals the chance at happiness when they retire. Instead of a death sentence, these animals are brought to an adoption shelter, or similar function, and given to people who will love and care for them as they deserve.
Of course, I, along with the undersigned, do not support animal testing in the name of science. There are numerous ways to acquire more accurate results than poking and prodding an animal, which is anatomically too different from humans to lend much knowledge. However, schools such as the University of Washington and other laboratories insist on using animals for research, despite active protests against these actions. Because discontinuing animal research in these places has proven difficult, I counter with a proposed discussion about the lives these animals shall lead when they retire.
Please insist that retired research animals be placed in loving homes, where they will no longer be tormented. I also propose that legislation be made that will require minimal harm be done to the animals so that the vast majority of them will be fit for adoption.
Thank you for your attention to this incredibly important matter.
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