Laboratory animals deserve adoption or a benevolent retirement – not euthanasia | Letters


As an animal-loving taxpayer, I am devastated that the dogs, cats and other animals that survive taxpayer-funded experiments are euthanized, even when they are healthy enough to be adopted or retired. These innocent animals endure such pain throughout their short lives and are not fortunate enough to have a happy ending. I ask Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., To change that.

The National Institutes of Health, the Federal Drug Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense have all passed policies allowing animals to be removed after testing is complete, and Illinois passed a law allowing the passage of laboratory animals.

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I encourage Senator Durbin to build on the progress of Illinois and join Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., In co-sponsoring the Freedom of Testing, Experimentation and Research Act in animals (AFTER). This legislation, Senate Bill 1378, would require federal agencies to adopt policies allowing the removal of animals that are no longer needed in government experiments.

Taxpayers are forced to buy animals for experiments, and they should have the right to adopt them.

David Kettler, Humboldt Park

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