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Petitioning Secretary of State Rt Hon Theresa May
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The Home Office: Compulsory retirement of ex laboratory dogs to approved homes

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To enforce the three R's by reducing pain,suffering, distress and lasting harm by a compulsory retirement scheme of laboratory dogs instead of unnecessary euthanasia at the end of their commercial life and are retired to approved homes instead. Provisions for this to occur were made in the Animals Scientific Procedures Act 1986 with a clear policy for re homing however this has never been introduced and was on a voluntary basis therefore this should now be replaced with a mandatory obligation to retire the dogs once they have finished being of value to the researcher society. This should be enforced as part of the issuing of a licence for any project with the need for euthanasia rather than re homing being an exception not standard practice and with full explanations provided.


Letter to
Secretary of State Rt Hon Theresa May
I am writing this letter to ask that, as per licencing requirements, all is done to enforce the three R's by reducing pain,suffering, distress and lasting harm.

By introducing a compulsory retirement scheme of laboratory dogs instead of unnecessary euthanasia at the end of their commercial life and allowing them to be retired to approved homes instead demonstrates that the three R's are being implemented and are not just a way to appease the public as there are no reasons as to why this should not be implemented immediately.

Provisions for this to occur were made in the Animals Scientific Procedures Act 1986 with a clear policy for re homing however this has never been introduced and was on a voluntary basis therefore this should now be replaced with a mandatory obligation to retire the dogs once they have finished being of value to the researcher society.

This should be enforced as part of the issuing of a licence for any project with the need for euthanasia rather than re homing being an exception not standard practice and with full explanations provided.

Many ex-laboratory dogs have been successfully re-homed world wide so why not here in the UK where we pride ourselves as a nation of animal lovers ?

After a lifetime of being a living test tube we owe them a name not a number.