Imprisoned Lab Beagles Find Freedom
Nine beagles used as laboratory test animals were rescued last weekend.
When laboratory animals “expire” (i.e. run out of usefulness), the technicians usually end up euthanizing them.
(Why? Perhaps they perceive it to be more “humane”, or cheaper than incurring their future medical costs.)
These lucky nine beagles, however, were saved by the Beagle Freedom Project and its volunteers:
When the Beagles met their new found freedom, they were cautious but definitely happier.
Did they bark?
Nope. They can’t bark because the laboratory personnel had the beagles’ vocal chords cut out to “silence” them.
Regardless of what happened in the past, they are now FREE happy dogs.
Here’s the video of the actual day the beagles were picked up.
(Warning: the video may make you cry)
So why beagles?
Beagles are the PREFERRED dogs to test on because of they are small, good-natured, and trusting. (Yes, the irony will never stop.)
In fact, a while back, there was another case of 120 beagles that were saved from a bankrupt laboratory in New Jersey:
On behalf of our fans and readers, PawshPal would like to thank the volunteers of the Beagle Freedom Foundation for all their awesome, DIVINE work in bringing light to this, sometimes, dark world.
To close your eyes will not ease another’s pain
– Chinese proverb
Facts about Animal Testing
- In the 2004 (U.S) alone, 1,101,958 animals were tested on, including dogs, cats, primates, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits and farm animals.
- In 2005, approximately 66,610 dogs and 22,921 cats in laboratories were killed or euthanized.
- There is NO central database that collects information about the total number of animals tested on or killed in laboratories worldwide, but the number is estimated to be in hundreds of millions per year.