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Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Beagle Freedom Project

Did you know that Beagles are the most tested breed of dog? We didn't-until we read this article published in the Huffington Post  just a few days ago titled, Dog Testing: The Beagle Freedom Project. And it quickly becomes clear that they don't mean tested for their intelligence, loyalty or skill in agility. According to a report by a Los Angeles T.V. station, "every year, about 70,000 dogs are tested on in labs in the United States", and Beagles are a favorite for testing because "they are small dogs, friendly and docile... [and] are often used in surgical experiments and toxicology tests."


Wow, was this article a powerful wake-up call for Parental Unit and me, although we are aware of animal testing and make the effort to purchase products whose labels declare: "Not tested on animals."  I'm more than likely part Beagle, so this information strikes close to home, although we certainly don't have to be part of the species, breed, race, ethnicity, and/or religion to have empathy, do we?

This piece has a wealth of links that will both enlighten and provide the information necessary to make more humane product purchasing choices. Here's the link to the original report by KTLA, and a comprehensive list posted on PETA's web site of those companies that do and do not test on animals.

And to end on a positive note, check out the happy ending for at least nine of these Beagles in the video below-courtesy of KTLA.
 

Please stay tuned for tomorrow's debut of our new weekly post called "Monday Musings" with contests, prizes and more!

8 comments:

Lorenza said...

We did not know about Beagles!
My mom hates to read about pets being tested!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Kolchak Puggle said...

Poor babies! We always buy things that are not tested on animals and we try not to support companies that use animal testing (like Proctor & Gamble who make Iams, Eukanuba, EVO, California Natural, Innova, Mother Hubbard & Healthwise brand dog products.)

Kolchak Puggle said...

Poor babies! We always buy things that are not tested on animals and we try not to support companies that use animal testing (like Proctor & Gamble who make Iams, Eukanuba, EVO, California Natural, Innova, Mother Hubbard & Healthwise brand dog products.)

Priscilla said...

Poor Beagles! Like Kolchak Puggle, we don't buy things that are tested on animals.

Bocci said...

Sad, but at least nine get to have good lives from now on! Shocking and heartbreaking that they never saw the outdoors...

Anonymous said...

This is a shocking eye opener -- thank you for posting it. When I looked at the list, I saw brands I use from toothpaste (Colgate) to make-up (Lancome) and was horrified at my ignorance. How can we all be better consumers?

Joan (and the Barkalots)

(Posting as anonymous to voud the blogger do-loop...)

Bocci said...

Believe me, it was an eye opener for us, too! Thanks so much for your comment-it means a lot to us. We're not trying to preach here (although it may seem that way sometimes:-), we're just trying to provide information that we think might make your lives and the lives of your pets better.

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, that part about the beagles is shocking! Thank you for letting us know.

As for your question about the poop-and-walk guy, maybe some variation of #1 (not yelling, but maybe asking him if he was just going to leave it there). Or, maybe you could pick it up, give him the bag, and say, "Oh, I think you forgot this back there."

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