Cat rescued from animal testing lab is given first taste of freedom
Held in captivity his entire life, this is the moment Xander the cat is rescued from an animal testing laboratory
Imagine spending your life in the same windowless room?
That was the life of Xander the animal testing cat before he was rescued from a scientific research lab in New York six months ago.
The tear jerking video shows Xander (previously known as Jax) and a fellow former animal testing cat on the day they were first released from the windowless lab where they had been living in tiny cages.
The kitties were rescued by the Feline Freedom Project, part of charity called Beagle Freedom Project which is dedicated to legally rescuing dogs and cats from animal testing. The charity have previously posted adorable videos of rescued Beagles stepping onto grass for the first time.
According to the RSPCA, in 2010 152 cats were used in research in the UK, where as this number is closer to 20,000 in the USA.
Xander has gained quite a following and has over 3000 fans on his Facebook page ‘Xander the rescued lab cat’ where his owner posts regular pictures and updates about him.
His new (guardian) Rachel Gruen recently said on his Facebook fan page, “we are so very grateful for the opportunity to be a voice for the hundreds of thousands of laboratory animals around the world”.
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Welcome to the joys of liberty
and a cat life as it was
meant to be
Far away from the torturing
Karen Lyons Kalmenson