Advocates push for legislation to help dogs, cats that are used for testing

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Published: May. 24, 2022 at 3:14 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WPTA) - Animal advocates, including some Indiana lawmakers, gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday to announce they are working on legislation that would require companies to try and adopt out dogs and cats after they are used for testing.

The move comes after the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a video from an undercover investigation inside Inotiv, an animal testing lab that was set to euthanize 32 beagles following testing. Samantha Morton, Indiana state director for HSUS, says Inotiv never responded to their pleas to release the dogs, saying 48 other puppies remain in the lab.

HSUS video from Inotiv lab
HSUS video from Inotiv lab(Staff)

Advocates continue to fight to get those dogs released from Inotiv, but they will also now focus on the legislative fight. They will have to wait until the next session to introduce legislation.

“So for us, this is just a matter of saving the lives of these animals,” Humane Fort Wayne Executive Director Jessica Henry said. “It is so unnecessary to euthanize them at the conclusion of these studies. There are 14 other states in this country that have mandated that companion animals that have been used in research labs be released for adoption at the conclusion of those tests and we want Indiana to follow suit. It’s not cutting-edge legislation, it’s stuff that’s being done across the country.”

Animal advocates gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday to demand laws protecting animals used as lab test subjects.

In the meantime, they say they’ll work to get bipartisan support and try to lobby Governor Eric Holcomb to get him to back their efforts. In mid-May, HSUS organizers sent out a plea to the public, asking them to contact Gov. Holcomb and urge him to call on Inotiv to immediately release the dogs. However, Morton says they never heard back from Holcomb’s office.

ABC21′s Tom Powell will have a full interview with Jessica Henry from Humane Fort Wayne tonight on ABC 21 News at 7 at the Indiana Statehouse.

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