Lab Dogs & Cats
This Fund has been working with White Coat Waste Project on a multi-pronged campaign to end taxpayer-funded animal experiments and retire the subject animals to homes or sanctuaries.
The AFTER ACT or Violet's Law, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in May 2019 as H.R. 2897, and in the U.S. Senate in July as S.2322, is one important prong in this campaign. It would require federal agency policies to allow for the retirement of Animal Welfare Act-covered species no longer needed in taxpayer-funded research -- potentially benefitting tens of thousands of dogs, cats, primates, rabbits and other animals currently held in federal labs.
A July 2019 ABC7 report says that in the last year this campaign has pressured the Department of Veteran's Affairs, the Department of Defense, and most recently the National Institutes of Health to adopt policies on retiring animals used in experiments.
In 2018-19, the Fund was part of a coalition that helped White Coat Waste Project end 37 years of U.S. Department of Agriculture toxoplasmosis studies that killed over 3,000 kittens. The coalition, including a bipartisan group of over 50 U.S. Congresspeople, also secured a USDA commitment to adopt out the surviving 14 cats.