Allow Retired Laboratory Animals to be Adopted

Target: Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island

Goal: Enable research facilities to partner with animal rescue groups to provide former laboratory animals with loving adoptive homes.

Laboratories across Rhode Island may soon be encouraged to work with local animal rescues and adoption agencies to ensure that as many retired research animals are adopted into new homes as possible. This will potentially include some of the over one hundred cats and dogs statewide that have been subjected to suffering and confinement in the name of medical research since 2015. These animals deserve to have a second chance and must not be euthanized.

Most animal welfare laws regarding research animals only cover the treatment of these creatures during research. Once an experiment or study is over, however, there is little federal or state regulation to ensure the well-being of these innocent animals. As a result, the vast majority of lab animals are euthanized once they are ‘retired’ from study.

Research animals should not be euthanized simply because it is easier than providing them with new homes. Tell the governor of Rhode Island to support this bill that would enable labs to partner with a network of rescue groups so that more of these animals can spend the rest of their lives with loving families.


Dear Governor Raimondo,

The Rhode Island House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would provide clear guidelines for laboratories to follow regarding what happens to research animals once experimentation is complete. Currently, the vast majority of these creatures are euthanized, when they could be put up for adoption. If this bill becomes law, these facilities will be partnered with a network of existing animal rescue groups and adoption agencies to ensure that cats, dogs and other animals used in research can find loving homes.

Research animals have sacrificed so much in the name of finding medical breakthroughs. Many endure years of suffering through painful experiments and confinement in cages. The least we can do is offer them a second chance. That is why we, the undersigned, are urging you to support this bill so that it can become law.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Maybe if they quit testing on animals then homes wouldn’t be an issue

  2. Barton Dixon says:

    I’ve always thought that if animals are not the same as people, then why are we experimenting on them for answers to human problems? If you admit, on the other hand, that they are the same as people, then you still have no excuse to experiment on them. That being said, I applaud the compassionate idea of Rhode Island to enable research facilities to partner with animal rescue groups to provide former laboratory animals with loving adoptive homes.

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