Treated As Simply Subjects for Experimentation
These dogs are trained to trust humans and to be docile in order to be better laboratory subjects. They are not trained in the way a companion animal is trained, to walk on a lead, sleep on their beds or in a crate as in a domestic environment. Dogs which are stressed out by the presence of humans and the various tools used to experiment on them, have lower immune systems and compromised nervous systems. In order to ensure the “efficacy” of their tests, laboratory technicians have to train puppies to trust experimenters and not be alarmed by the scientific equipment used on them.
Campaigning Successes So Far
Tobacco testing on dogs and other animals has been banned in the UK since 1997, though we still recall the harrowing pictures of Beagles being made to inhale smoke through a mask in an expose by journalist, Mary Beith in 1975.
Testing of Cosmetic products and their ingredients was banned in the UK in 1998 and subsequently banned across the EU in 2013, due to alternative non-animal, acceptable testing methods being developed.
However, the testing of drugs, insecticides, household products, chemicals etc., still goes on, despite well documented failure rates of some 96% of drugs in human Clinical trials, this despite prior animal testing .
Re-homing with a Loving Family
Most of the Beagles used in Laboratory experiments are euthanised after use. The researchers maintain there is a need to examine the internal organs for the effects of the tests made upon them.
However, there are some Beagles which, with the sign off from an on-site Vet and the permission of the Secretary of State, can be re-homed into a domestic environment, with the correct socialisation process adopted to ensure a Beagle can be successfully re-homed within a loving family.
Whilst we continue to press for the release of the Beagle as a test species for animal experimentation, we are now referenced, in an Advice Note to the research and breeding establishments, by the Animals in Scientific Regulation Unit (ASRU) at the Home Office. Here we are mentioned as a UK Charity which can be involved in assisting in re-homing of Beagles. We aim to be proactive in this role to enable as many Beagles as possible to live their lives outside of a Laboratory and in a loving home. To achieve this we need as much support as we can possibly get – so please help us.
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