Albany, N.Y.- New York Governor Cuomo has signed new legislation that will require research animals to be offered up for adoption.
This new law will require dogs and cats that were previously used as animal testing subjects and research to be offered for adoption via private adoptions or shelters.
Governor Cuomo commented: “This is a humane law that, for these animals, provides the opportunity for a new lease on life.”
Once the research animals complete their examination by an attending veterinarian and are approved for adoption, they will then be available at local shelters, humane societies, and rescues.
Fortunately, many shelters are already expressing extreme interest in these animals and hope to place them for adoption soon.
Senator Phil Boyle: “When I first introduced the Research Animal Retirement Act over two years ago, I hoped that we would see this day. I commend Governor Cuomo for signing into law this measure which will allow Research Animals in New York State to find loving homes after their testing lives. I urge all New Yorkers thinking about adopting a dog or cat to consider these beautiful research animals who have given us so much.”
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, who has worked closely with our partner Social Compassion in Legislation and its founder Judie Mancuso: “Now that this bill has become law, research animals will finally have a chance at a second life. Research animals live their lives being poked and prodded by humans, purposefully made sick to keep us well, and they are deprived of the affection and human kindness that many dogs enjoy. After this long and often tortuous service, they are usually euthanized, ending a miserable existence. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for being a hero to our animals, and Senator Boyle, who was an amazing partner in seeing this legislation become law.”