Right2Release – Giving ex-lab animals a chance to find their forever homes

Latest figures reveal that 7,700 dogs and 3,000 cats were used in Australian experiments in 2015. At the conclusion of their "use" they are killed - even though they may be healthy. We believe that these animals should be given the opportunity to live out their lives – by being surrendered to a rescue group where they can undergo rehabilitation (if necessary) and adoption to a loving family.

For this reason, we are working closely with Beagle Freedom Australia, the Animal Justice Party and Animal Liberation NSW to implement legislation to make this happen.

In 2013 the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes was updated and the following clause was inserted: "Opportunities to rehome animals should be considered wherever possible, especially when the impact of the project or activity on the wellbeing of the animal has been minimal and their physiological condition and behavioural attributes indicate that they can be introduced to a new environment with minimal, transient impact on their wellbeing."

The clause however, does not have any legal standing in that the Animal Ethics Committee need only consider rehoming. There is no legal requirement for them to do so.

The Beagle Freedom Bill has been passed in six states of the U.S. meaning that all tax-payer funded labs must offer their dogs and cats up for adoption through animal rescue organizations instead of just summarily killing (as is the standard operating procedure).

Help us make that happen here!

For this law to pass our Government needs to hear from you! Click on your state below to sign the relevant petition. More states will be added in due course.

Victoria                                 NSW                     

Check out our Happy Endings page for examples of success stories.

Also see the video featuring singer/songwriter Adalita, together with (ex-lab beagles) Ged and Coconut supporting the campaign.

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