Decision Maker Response

Jackie Walorski’s response

Jun 19, 2019 — Animals should always be treated humanely, including when they are used in taxpayer-funded laboratory research. I strongly agree with the more than one million people who have urged federal agencies to retire dogs, cats, primates, and other animals from government laboratories by signing this White Coat Waste Project petition.

After hearing from many of my constituents and other advocates, I recently introduced the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experiments and Research Act, or the AFTER Act. This first-of-its-kind bill would require federal agencies to enact policies allowing for the retirement of healthy animals no longer needed in government testing labs.

The bipartisan AFTER Act will ensure agencies make good faith efforts to safely and humanely relocate healthy animals to loving homes, rescues, or reputable sanctuaries when they are no longer needed for testing.

Last year, I had the opportunity to visit one of those sanctuaries in my congressional district. The Peaceable Primate Sanctuary is a wonderful non-profit refuge that is home to more than 30 baboons and other primates retired from biomedical research. Now I’m working to ensure that primates from U.S. government labs are relocated to sanctuaries like this where they can live out the rest of their lives.

In addition to introducing the AFTER Act, I recently helped introduce the PUPPERS Act to end painful research on dogs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thanks to your advocacy, we’re making great progress.

I remain committed to working to ensure animals can be adopted or transferred to sanctuaries when they’re no longer needed for taxpayer-funded research.

Sincerely,

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02)

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