Have you ever chosen to not sign a petition against animal abuse because you thought it wouldn’t do any good? Think again. This is the story of people uniting against abuse to beagles being used as research. Every signature added up to a massive amount of people putting a lot of pressure on an organization. That led to the end of the abuse. Never think that your voice against abuse doesn’t count. Read on.
Corteva Agriscience was persuaded by the petition to release the 36 beagles to the care of the Michigan Humane Society. The experiment was part of a year-long study at Charles River Laboratories in Mattawan, Michigan. Beagles who did not survive were to be killed. The whole experiment was extremely cruel in how the beagles were handled and how they were treated.
Beagles Were Cowering In Cages And Force Fed Pesticides And Fungicides
Disturbing images surfaced and were made public by the Humane Society of the United States. Videos and images showed beagles cowering in cages, infused with pesticides and being tube fed the fungicides. As a result, when it became public, people became outraged. The Humane Society urged the public to sign the petition. Over 300,000 people united and signed.
Corteva announced on March 18th that they would end the study. The following statement was released Twitter: “We’ve been working to refine, reduce and replace animal tests for years. Today we’re pleased to announce our efforts resulted in a waiver & we can stop the study. We’ll make every effort to rehome the animals.” As far as what will happen to the dogs that survived, Corteva said, “Finding caring, safe homes for all of the dogs must follow a process, which takes time. The dogs are currently under the care of veterinarians, and we remain fully committed to assuring safe homes are found for all of the dogs as soon as possible.”
The Beagles Will Be Given The Chance To Live In Forever, Loving Homes
On March 28th another update on the beagles was released. The Michigan Humane Society released the following statement: “We are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Corteva Agriscience regarding the placement of the beagles from the study. We are pleased with their decision to work with us and look forward to a new beginning for each of these animals.”
The Michigan Humane Society said, “the beagles will be transported to our facilities within two weeks for evaluation, care and to explore placement options. We will announce a timeframe for when these beagles will be available for adoption. Details regarding adoption applications via our social channels as soon as possible. Our focus right now is on working toward positive re-homing opportunities for each of the animals.”
If you are interested in adopting one of these beagles, keep checking the Michigan Humane Society’s Social Media page for updated information by clicking here.