Decision Maker Response

Erik Paulsen’s response

Aug 30, 2018 — Thank you to everyone who signed this petition in support of my work with White Coat Waste Project to ensure that cats, dogs, and primates that survive taxpayer-funded research are retired to suitable homes or sanctuaries. As a dog owner—like many of you—I’m very proud that my home state of Minnesota was the first of nine states to enact a law ensuring that cats and dogs used in research can be adopted out from laboratories instead of being euthanized.

Sadly, I’ve learned that thousands of animals used in painful federal research are not given the same opportunity to live out their lives after testing is completed. That’s why I’m leading a bipartisan effort to secure lab animal adoption policies at U.S. government agencies, like we already have enacted in Minnesota.

I’m happy to report that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has recently implemented the first-ever federal lab animal adoption policy, stating that it has an “ethical obligation” to promote the adoption of dogs and other animals instead of euthanizing them. Now, we’re working to get other agencies to follow the VA’s lead.

I’m also trying to stop unnecessary government research on cats and dogs. Among other bipartisan legislation, I’m cosponsoring the KITTEN Act (HR 5780) to end painful testing on cats at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the PUPPERS Act (HR 3197) which aims to stop the most painful testing on dogs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In both cases, we’re making significant progress towards saving animals and tax dollars wasted on outdated and cruel research.

I’m grateful for your support, and I’ll keep you updated on our progress.


Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN)