In Australia cats and dogs are not simply ‘pets’, they are family members. Yet hundreds of cats and dogs like Tobi are hidden inside research labs in NSW undergoing experimental procedures. Tobi should have known what grass felt like under her paws, she should have met other dogs like her in parks, and snuggled on cold nights with a doting human who loved her. Instead Tobi’s body was used to test multiple topical skin creams so vets could introduce new treatments for worms, tick, and flea issues in other canines. She grew overweight from lack of exercise, her skin became inflamed and scabby from all the testing, and after her 12 year ordeal she was too terrified to even be touched.
Cats and dogs like Tobi are never released. They never experience having a home. They don’t know what it is like to be loved. At the end of their sad lives they are killed.
Despite efforts made by rescue groups to give dogs like Tobi a chance to rehabilitate and find a home, research facilities have refused to release these animals- because they are worried that doing so will expose to our cat and dog loving country, that medical research is still happening- not just to dogs and cats, but to primates, guinea pigs, horses, goats, mice, rats, fish, rabbits, frogs, wild animals and almost any species of animal you can think of.
We have hope.
AJP MP, The Hon. Mark Pearson has tabled a Bill in Parliament called the ‘Right to Release Bill’. The bill ensures that cats and dogs used in medical experimentation are offered to rescue groups for adoption.
Like you, we want to see an end to the use of all animals in medical research. However we believe that this Bill, right now, has the chance to pass through Parliament, and that these animals have a real chance at gaining freedom, and in doing so, will bring us that step closer to our overall goal to end animal research in Australia.
Together we can save animals like Tobi, but only with your support.