Former Speaker of the House Thomas S. Foley passed away today at the age of 84. While the world
mourns the influential man’s ability to work with both sides of the aisle, PETA
remembers his compassionate contribution to animal welfare.

In 1971, Foley was awarded the prestigious Schweitzer
Medal by the Animal Welfare Institute for his “outstanding contributions to animal welfare” after leading the fight to pass amendments that
expanded the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) in 1970. One of the amendments required
researchers to consider “the appropriate use of anesthetic, analgestic and
tranquilizing drugs” for animals used in laboratory experiments. For the
first time, laboratories had to file yearly reports documenting their standards
of care, including the treatment and use of animals and pain relief. Before the
amendment, the AWA didn’t require researchers to account for—or even pay
attention to—the pain that thousands of primates, cats, dogs, and other animals
experienced when they were cut open, burned, poisoned, and mutilated.

PETA works each day to expand Foley’s efforts, and we
will press for federal protection and pain relief for animals who aren’t yet
covered by the AWA, including mice, rats, birds, and reptiles—until all animals are out of laboratories and researchers use only relevant and efficient
non-animal methods.  

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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