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Experiments on animals in government labs should not end in death

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The fight is on to save thousands of animals used in experiments at government laboratories.

Last year, tens of thousands of animals were held in federal laboratories.

Various government agencies conducted tests on them, ranging from non-invasive studies to painful experiments without providing pain relief.

Unfortunately, for many of those animals, when the experiments end, so do their lives.

Congressman Charlie Crist, (D)-Florida is helping to introduce legislation called the “After Act” to put an end to the killing.

“It says once animals have been utilized for testing and experimentation that basically they would have to be turned in for adoption instead of put to death,” Congressman Crist explained.  

According to a government watchdog group White Coat Waste Project, healthy animals that often cost taxpayers thousands of dollars each are routinely killed in government labs.

“Even if animals are perfectly healthy and adoptable or suitable to be relocated to a sanctuary for instance government laboratories simply kill these animals when they’re no longer useful,” Justin Goodman, vice president of White Coat Waste Project.

Many government agencies have no policy to deal with the animals after experiments.

Congressman Crist thinks it’s time federal agencies provide for these animals.

“When they’re done with the testing what they need to do is be put up for adoption or they can be housed, but it has to be humane they have to be treated well,” Congressman Crist stated.

According to Justin Goodman, since the year 2000, federal law has required that government owned chimpanzees be retired after research, but not such legislation exists for other species. 

“Animals who were paid for with tax dollars should be given back to taxpayers when these experiments are over,” Goodman said. 

If you know of something that you think should be investigated call our 8 On Your Side Helpline at 1 800 33-0808. Contact Steve Andrews at sandrews@wfla.com.

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