Right to release
Finding forever homes for research animals
Support the ‘Right to Release’ Beagle Freedom Australia's signature legislation, requires Research Facilities to offer dogs and cats for adoption after their 'use' in research, instead of euthanising them.
The Right to Release is a common-sense, and compassionate proposal to help save dogs and cats from tax-payer funded research laboratories. The legislation facilitates a relationship between laboratories and registered non-profit animal rescue organisations so that when the animals are no longer needed, they can be placed up for adoption. Ensuring that dogs and cats used for testing and experimentation get every opportunity to have a life after labs and get adopted into loving homes.
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 because the institutions do not offer follow up care, training or advice to the new families.
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.
Sign the petition for your state
Right to release
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Currently, healthy dogs, cats and other animals are allowed 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!
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About the Right to release
A global movement
The Right to Release (sometimes called, Right 2 Release, R2R or the Beagle Freedom Bill) is a global campaign. It aims to give animals used in any type of research or teaching facilities, the right to be released for adoption at the end of their ‘use’ at the facility.
The Right to Release is a movement created by the Beagle Freedom Protect (USA) founder, Shannon Keith in 2010. In 2013 Beagle Freedom Australia (BFA) adapted the same campaign here in Australia. In 2016, BFA 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.
Beagle Freedom Bill USA
In 2014, in the USA, Minnesota became the first state to pass and successfully implement the Beagle Freedom Bill. Since then, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, and Oregon have all passed similar laws. In 2019 Beagle Freedom Project is supporting similar bills in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia.
Freagles of India
In 2015, India became the first country to implement the legislation country wide, thanks to local groups of passionate animal advocates. Today they are successfully rehoming many beagles through the newly developed rescue group Freagles of India.
Right to Release AU
Launched in 2013 in Australia, we have adapted the legislation from our US counterparts and applied it to Australian state laws. The bill was rejected in NSW, a rehoming guideline governing document was set up instead, following in the footsteps of Victoria. In 2022 Victoria looks set to be the first state to pass this legislation, keep an eye out of updates!