Health Editor’s Note: This is good news for animals used in research, but the best and most ethical practice would be to not use animals for research at all! ….Carol
The F.D.A. Will Now Allow Lab Animals to Be Adopted
by Theresa Machemer/Smithsonianmag.com
The Food and Drug Administration will now put healthy research animals up for adoption after their time in the lab is complete. The new rule affects dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and some farm animal species, reports The Hill’s Rachel Bucchino.
The F.D.A. uses animal testing to understand the effects of medical products, like drugs, vaccines and medical devices, before research can move to clinical trials involving humans. Per the F.D.A., animal research is necessary to understand attributes like how quickly a medication is absorbed by the body and how quickly its effects wear off. Animal testing also gives insight into any toxic byproducts that show up as the drug is broken down and how long those byproducts remain in the body. Medical devices that are made from new materials need to be tested in animals for the same reasons.
In the past, research animals were generally euthanized at the end of the research, even if they were healthy. But in November, the F.D.A. updated their policies to encourage lab animal retirement—adoption into “furever” homes. The change wasn’t publicly disclosed by the F.D.A. until now.
“The FDA has an internal policy for the placement of research animals.