Humans are cruel.
We already have sacrificed countless lives for the sake of our so-called development. Most lab animals perish in the experiments, mostly concerned with medicinal and medical purposes.
Some are skinned alive, while some are injected with live viruses to withstand creating antibodies and such. Most die out or become terminally ill in the process.
But what about those that survived the whole ordeal, and is ready to be a loved animal in a normal, caring household?
Until last year, all of these poor souls were unconditionally subjected to euthanasia, because they might have “behavioral” or “physical” lamentations. This is set to change.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued and repealed their lab animal policy last November, and has implemented an official response this February, allowing normal homeowners to adopt healthy lab animals as their pets.
In an interview with People magazine, Monique Richards, FDA spokesperson, drew the line firmly against some claims that the policy outline came belatedly:
“[The FDA] has supported and continues to support the transfer, adoption of retirement [of animals that have completed experimentations and] meet applicable eligibility criteria”.
“The November 2019 guideline expressly states the eligibility criteria for adoption, retirement and transfer. This is not a procedural change,”
“[…]but a newly approved internal standard guideline developed to provide overarching support to enhance and promote harmonization of FDA animal research activities.”
How can you adopt these animals? The animals need to be cleared safe for adoption, then moved to authorized retirement sanctuaries instated by the Animal Welfare Council (AWC).
FDA firmly made its boundaries clear, with giving a let-down on the option of full-scale non-animal testing:
“[It is] not yet a scientifcally valid and available option,” it says it has “supported efforts to reduce animal testing[…] research and development efforts underway to reduce the need for animal testing and to work towards replacement of animal testing”.
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