Life as a lab animal is an unfortunate topic, but thanks to some lawmakers these animals are being given an opportunity at a new life.
The Beagle Freedom Bill would require all state-funded laboratories to put their animals up for adoption at the end of their testing periods. In the past, these animals were euthanized, but animal activists fought to make people realize that their lives were worth much more.
“This is a humane law that, for these animals, provides the opportunity for a new lease on life,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement published by the Huffington Post. “Dogs and cats are like members of the family for many New Yorkers and this action will allow for more four-legged friends to be adopted into a caring home.”
Each animal will undergo medical examination. If they are found fit for adoption, they will be taken in by a reputable animal rescue organization.
Lawmakers say that this bill is meant to protect all lab animals. However, it was inspired by one breed of dog that is extensively used for testing. The beagle is known for its small size and easygoing personality, unfortunately making it the perfect test subject.
New York is not the only state to pass such a law. Minnesota, California, Connecticut and Nevada have also passed regulations such as this. While this law is a step in the right direction, lawmakers say they are continuing to work towards completely abolishing animal testing as a whole.