WASHINGTON — The now-famous beagle that was rescued from a Virginia breeding and research facility on Capitol Hill on Thursday was as an animal welfare group and a California member of Congress pushed for legislation that would promote adoption of research animals.
“It’s unfortunate that animals are still allowed to be used in testing. Hopefully this will go away very soon. While that’s happening, we can do better,” Rep. Tony Cardenas said.
The beagle came from the controversial Envigo Medical Facility that closed down under pressure from federal regulators due to a series of animal welfare violations, Virginia Mercury reported. Federal Agents May Hundreds of dogs and puppies seized He was found “in dire straits”.
judge in july agreed to a plan To move 4,000 beagles from the facility to shelters for adoption, making national headlines. Turns out it was one of the adopters Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, who now live in California.
On Thursday, several beagles were at the Capitol to be petted and bragged in a “meet and greet” and to help make a point about animal research.
Cardenas, a California Democrat, presented a law Project Last October, this would require any facility receiving NIH funding to make “reasonable efforts” to adopt any dog, cat or rabbit deemed suitable for adoption once that animal is no longer needed for biomedical and behavioral research.
The legislation has four other co-sponsors, Joe Negos of Colorado, Jimmy Panetta of California, Donald Payne Jr of New Jersey, and Dina Titus of Nevada.
When asked about the strategy for getting to the level of support the bill would need to liquidate the House and Senate, Cardenas said he plans to respond to medical research industry criticism that the procedure is “too onerous.”
He said, “I don’t buy that.”
Cárdenas also hopes more of his colleagues will express their support for the legislation.
Monica Ingbritson, North America campaign manager for Cruelty Free International, said 15 states require animal research facilities to offer dogs and cats they no longer wish to adopt. But she believes a nationwide law is needed.
Ingebritson said the group has had some success in the past in getting policy changes through the annual legislation that funds the National Institutes of Health, which is based in Bethesda, Maryland, and hopes to do so again with this policy proposal.
The National Institutes of Health website says it is “committed to continuing to develop alternative methods for non-animal models,” although it notes “we are not at a point where alternative methods can completely replace animal use at this time.”
The NIH writes: “The surrogates cannot simply replicate or model all biological and behavioral aspects of human disease.” “Until that time, animal models will remain an integral part of research supported by the National Institutes of Health.”
The National Institutes of Health also has an animal welfare laboratory office.
However, neither the Public Health Services Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals nor its Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals contain any suggestions or suggestions as to whether cats, dogs, and rabbits should be made available for adoption after they are no longer needed.
The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare notes on its website that it “supports animal safety and protection and reminds institutions that their policies should clarify the disposition of animals acquired for research once research has ended, which may include adoption.” It also says it “will not accept legal or financial responsibility for any adoption program” for research animals.
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