Victory! Delaware Passes Bill Giving Lab Animals a Second Chance

Animal advocates are celebrating another major win for animals in labs with the passage of a bill in Delaware that will give them a second chance.

The Research Animal Retirement Act (SB 101), which was sponsored by Senator John Walsh, will require publicly funded research institutions to enter into a contract with a rescue or shelter that can offer healthy dogs and cats for adoption.

“I’m honestly amazed that this was even a debate,” said Sen. Walsh. “We have healthy animals that research labs don’t want. We have local shelters that are willing to care for them. We have families that might want to adopt them. It defies reason that anyone would choose to euthanize them instead of giving them a second lease on life. If just one of these animals becomes a pet, all of the work that went into this bill will be worth it.”

The Senate just unanimously passed Senate Bill 101, legislation I sponsored to give retired research dogs and cats a…

Posted by Senator Jack Walsh on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sadly for the many companion animals who are used as test subjects, it’s typical to kill them once they’re no longer being used. While animal advocates are continuing to fight for a world where no animals are experimented on in the first place, efforts like this will at least help ensure that those who can be saved will get the opportunity to experience an entirely different world outside of a lab.

In 2014, Minnesota made history by becoming the first state to pass legislation like this, and it has since been followed by California, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, New York and Maryland.

These bills, which have since become known as Beagle Freedom Bills, are named for the beagles whose sweet personalities have made them popular test subjects. According to the Rescue + Freedom Project, which has been championing these bills and rescue efforts  across the country, a vast majority of the dogs being used in labs across the nation to test drugs, cosmetics and household products are beagles.

If Governor John Carney signs the bill in Delaware, which was just passed unanimously by the Senate, it will become the eighth state in the nation to take this common sense and compassionate stand for lab animals, and it could soon be followed by even more. Similar legislation is also being advocated for in Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa and Massachusetts.

For more info on how to help support legislation like this, or to adopt a former lab animal, check out the Rescue + Freedom Project.

You can also help by signing and sharing the petition supporting the Humane Cosmetics Act, which will save thousands of animals in labs by making it illegal to conduct or commission animal testing for finished products and ingredients in the U.S., in addition to banning the import of products that have been tested elsewhere.

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55 comments

ANA MARIJA R
ANA MARIJA R5 months ago

My first encouraging news today 💕 Thank You, people of Delaware!!!

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Sonia M

Good news,thanks for sharing

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner5 months ago

Research monsters. There should be an investigation to determine if these "researcher" criminals have tortured children and are stacking their bodies in freezers in their basements. They are born serial killers, absolute scum of human society, the worst of the worst.

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pushparani weerasinghe

As much as this is good news, it is terrible to imagine that these animals have to suffer at the hands of human experiments. It is inhuman experiments actually.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O5 months ago

should be fewer animals in labs

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O5 months ago

th

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie5 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie5 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie5 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Winn A
Winn A5 months ago

It's about time!!!!!!!

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