Adoption of Animals After Experiments

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Article 9. of the animal protection Law states that:

(3) Putting animals to sleep may be carried out if:
16. animal is bred for use in experiments, but will not be used in the foreseen experiment or some other experiment and is therefore considered a surplus test animal or if such a procedure is needed for the well being of the test animal.

Proposal of the Organization:

(3) Putting animals to sleep may be carried out if:
16. animal is bred for use in experiments, but will not be used in the foreseen experiment or some other experiment, and it is not possible to find a suitable shelter for her, and is therefore considered a surplus test animal or if such a procedure is needed for the well being of the test animal.

Clarification: We consider that an animal bred for use in experiments should be offered for adoption before it is put to sleep. Adoption is allowed by the Directive 2010/63/EU and is regulated in some legislation's. More information is available on the web page of the RSPCA organization: http://science.rspca.org.uk/sciencegroup/researchanimals/ethicalreview/functionstasks/housingandcare/rehoming
and at http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org/right_to_release.

This especially applies to dogs and cats used in experiments, but also for all the other animals. So far this initiative has become a part of legislation's in American federal states of Minnesota (and is successfully implemented), California, Connecticut and Nevada, and the bill is being passed in legislation's of the federal states of Illinois and New York.

Mentioned proposals demand that laboratories may use each animal up to the duration of two years, after which they are obligated to offer it for adoption to an animal shelter or an animal rescue organization before they put them to sleep, for as long as they are healthy enough to go to a new home.

On February 2016. the adoption of animals from laboratories has begun in India. In the first wave 64 dogs were liberated from the Adivus laboratory in the Indian city of Bangalore. They were liberated thanks to the new guidelines which require that laboratories give dogs for adoption which were used in experiments. Guidelines for re-use and rehabilitation of dogs were issued by the Indian Committee for the Purpose of Control And Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) in October of last year. It stipulates that dogs may be used in experiments for the maximum duration of three years after which they must be rehabilitated. For the duration of the three-year testing, the use of dogs will be more strictly supervised: dogs can be re-used only if, for the duration of their previous testing, they have not suffered from harmful effects and their well being was not endangered. Repeated testing on a specific dog will only be possible with the previously acquired approval of CPCSEA. Dogs on which no further testing will be done will also be rehabilitated and given for adoption. Animal rights organizations are working with laboratories to find shelters and adopt dogs.

We therefore suggest that adoption of animals, after the experiments, should also be regulated with this regulation or some other one in the part of Law that relates to the performing of experiments on animals.

Proposal of the Organization for the change of the Animal protection Law dates from 2015./2016.

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