FDA Lab Animals Will No Longer Be Euthanized As Adoption Policy Introduced

by | February 13, 2020

A new policy will allow certain lab animals in the US to be retired for adoption, instead of being euthanized as previous regulations required.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently introduced the policy, which will now see its test subjects go to shelters and sanctuaries when no longer used for experiments.

Before the introduction of the policy all retired FDA lab animals were euthanized — regardless of how healthy they were.

Pressure from animal rights groups has fueled the change in policy, which will now protect the lives of cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a number of farm animals.

“A Role Model”

Justin Goodman — President of anti-animal testing campaign group The White Coat Waste Project (WCW) — has praised the move.

“The FDA should be a role model for other federal agencies that are experimenting on animals,” said Goodman.

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The White Coat Waste Project is highlighting the cruelty and expense of the experiments

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Rights For Lab Animals

A similar policy was implemented last year by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — the largest funder of animal testing in the US — which now allows for healthy animals to be retired after testing.

Primates are not included within the new NIH guidelines, and the organization — which tests on more than 10,000 primates every year — will continue to euthanize them.

PETA has previously reported that more than 100 million animals are killed for experiments in the US every year, and has called this type of testing “wasteful and unreliable.”

What do you think of the new FDA policy? Do you think enough is being done to protect these animals? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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