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Adoption of Research Animals

By Larry Carbone

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Estimates of actual numbers of research animals used in the country vary, but one thing is obvious to most of us working in research facilities: the vast majority of these animals are euthanized when their usefulness has ended. Euthanasia is intrinsic to some projects. For example, many projects, especially those using the smaller laboratory animals, require the euthanasia of the animal for tissue collection. Other projects may lead to illness or disease conditions for which euthanasia is the most humane treatment. Often, however, animals finish a research project in good health and yet may not be suitable for any other research projects at the institution. There may be overstock from a breeding colony, with no research use for some of the young animals produced. In these circumstances, people will naturally consider the possibility of finding adoptive homes for the animals.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 1996
Volume 7
Issue 3-4
Series Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter
Publisher Animal Welfare Information Center
Department U.S. Department of Agriculture
Location of Publication Beltsville, Maryland
Language English
Notes This government document was found at the U.S Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library:
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  1. Adoption
  2. Animal roles
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  4. Animals in culture
  5. Animal welfare
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