Friday, January 21, 2011

Tear Jerker: Rescuing Beagles Used In Lab Research

I was horrified to learn corporate research labs for the cosmetic and other related industries like to use beagle dogs for their testing.  According to the industry, they use the beagle's because they're "friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving and people pleasing."   I thought they only used mice, rats and rabbits.

Imagine what monster you'd have to be to put a little beagle in a cage all of its life to test cosmetics on!  According to the Beagle Freedom Project, (BFP)  many of the labs simply kill the beagles when they're done with them but a few try and find them homes for them to try and give them normal lives.  Those are the labs BFP attempts to work with to transition the dogs to adoption homes. 
"Working directly with labs, the Beagle Freedom Project is able to remove the retired beagles so they can be placed in loving homes. All rescues are done legally with the cooperation of the facility." - Beagles Rescued From Research Lab - SFGate.com

These rescued beagles from research labs discover the sun and grass -- and how to play -- for the first time in their lives!

The reason beagles are available to these test labs is due to breeders getting a lot of money for them, up to $750 per beagle.  In a bad economy, that's a lot of money!  According to an inside source for the breeders, there's a backlog of companies that need beagles for their research.
"The science industry is so corrupt- our taxpayer dollars fund this 'grant' scam. Many people make money in this outright fraudulent activity- funded and supported by the federal government, including the FDA. Breeders, labs, and companies receive massive amounts of grant money and repeat the same tests with slightly different protocol to differentiate the tests but it's an outright scam. Sooner or later, the public is going to have to step up and make this stop. Until then, it will continue."  - You tube comment
Whenever I purchase cosmetics, I make sure they're free of animal testing. I hope more people become aware of how senseless this practice of dog and cat testing is. Consider you may have paid a company for its product that tortures these poor defenseless little animals!  To help end this practice you can follow a few guidelines:

Buy products that are labeled "cruelty free" and "not tested on animals."


With time, patience, play, companionship — and most of all, love — these dogs will embrace their new-found freedom and learn how to become dogs. Just watch the video. Their transformation is nothing short of amazing.

As far as donating to PETA, don't even think about it, they're an insidious animal rights group with a hidden agenda. See PETA Kills Animals blog for more details on their animal killing program.
PETA’s “Animal Record” report for 2009, filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows that the animal rights group killed 97 percent of the dogs and cats in its care last year.  During all of 2009, PETA found adoptive homes for just eight pets. - PETA Kills Animals blog