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Lab animals deserve adoption or a caring retirement — not euthanasia

They endure such pain throughout their short lives and are given no chance for a happy ending. I am asking Sen. Dick Durbin to change that.

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As an animal-loving taxpayer, I am devastated that dogs, cats and other animals who survive taxpayer-funded experiments are euthanized, even when they are healthy enough to be adopted out or retired. These innocent animals endure such pain throughout their short lives and are not given the chance for a happy ending. I am asking Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to change that.

The National Institutes of Health, the Federal Drug Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense have all enacted policies allowing for the retirement of animals after testing ends, and Illinois has passed a law allowing for lab animal adoption.

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I encourage Sen. Durbin to build on Illinois’ progress and join Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., in co-sponsoring the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research (AFTER) Act. This legislation, Senate Bill 1378, would require federal agencies to enact policies allowing for the retirement of animals no longer needed in government experimentation.

Taxpayers are forced to purchase animals for experiments, and they should have the right to adopt them.

David Kettler, Humboldt Park

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