Beagle Freedom Australia have teamed up with other like-minded organisations to urge the Australian state governments to clear up the current laws and guidelines surrounding the use of animals in research and teaching, they currently allow healthy dogs, cats and other animals to be euthanised at the end of their ‘use’. This legislative push would enact laws to ensure research facilities MUST give dogs and cats used in laboratory testing a chance at a life after research. 

This is a simple, common-sense, and compassionate proposal to help rescue dogs and cats from tax-payer funded and privately-run research laboratories. The legislation would facilitate a relationship between laboratories that use dogs and cats for research purposes and registered non-profit animal rescue organisations so that when the animals are no longer needed they can be placed into community foster care through reputable rescue organisations.

 This law is needed! There is a deficiency of law right now and the opportunity for a post-laboratory life for these animals is completely dependent on the discretion of research workers to volunteer their time to try to find these animals homes. Not surprisingly, most choose not to do so. And when they do, it often leaves the animal at risk of ending up in the pound system if the institutions do not offer follow up care or training advice.

The Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 2013 addresses what is to happen to an animal when the testing ends, it is recommended in section 3.4.2 that “Opportunities to rehome animals should be considered wherever possible, especially when the impact of the project or activity on the wellbeing of the animal has been minimal” However, this is rarely happening due to the ambiguous wording. 

Opportunities to rehome animals MUST occur wherever possible. 

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For this to become a reality, our Governments need to hear from you! Add your name to the petition the corresponds to your state below.