A house becomes a home with a cat or dog. In Australia these companions are not simply pets, they are part of the family. Yet hundreds of cats and dogs in this country are born for one purpose: to be used in medical research. They will spend their lives in a research laboratory undergoing pharmaceutical drug testing, psychological experimentation, blood sampling and various other tests. When they are no longer required they are killed – even if they are healthy.
Let's Make Sure They Get A Second Chance
Research facilities that use cats and dogs are refusing to release these animals because they are concerned about public backlash. Current laws allow for healthy animals to be killed at the end of experimentation. After everything these animals have endured, euthanasia is incomprehensible. In NSW several hundred animals are killed each year that could have been rehabilitated and re-homed.
The Right To Release Bill
Let’s change this. The ‘Right to Release Bill’ being tabled in Parliament will ensure cats and dogs in medical research are offered up to rescue groups rather than killed. Like you, we want all animal experimentation to end. This Bill acts as step towards that bigger goal. Importantly, legislation gets made from social pressure- so we need to raise the heat on this issue if we are going to succeed.
A Right to Release Bill being tabled in NSW and VIC will make it mandatory for medical research facilities to offer cats and dogs to rescue groups after experimentation (after passing a vet check to ensure the animals can have a happy life). Act now to ensure the release of these animals from medical research facilities.