Retire dogs, cats and other animals from gov't labs!
The Animal Freedom from Testing, Experiments and Research (AFTER) Act (HR 2897) — also known as Violet's Law — is a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) that requires federal agencies to enact policies allowing for the retirement of dogs, cats and regulated animals no longer needed in taxpayer-funded experimentation.
U.S. government agencies experiment on more than 50,000 dogs, cats, monkeys and other regulated animals each year with our tax dollars. Many of these animals are healthy at the end of experiments, but virtually all of them are killed because agencies do not have policies allowing their retirement to rescues or sanctuaries. This means that taxpayers are footing the bill for the killing of perfectly adoptable animals.
White Coat Waste Project (WCW) has led successful efforts to expose and defund wasteful government experiments and retire the survivors, including monkeys from the FDA’s nicotine addiction lab and cats from the USDA’s kitten slaughterhouse. WCW has also rallied more than 1 million taxpayer advocates to demand that these and other agencies enact formal policies allowing animals locked in federal labs to be returned to the taxpayers that paid for them.
We need YOU to tell Congress that you support the AFTER Act and the retirement of animals from federal laboratories!