After facing intense pressure from an online petition, Corteva Agriscience decided to release 36 beagles who were force-fed fungicides as part of a year-long animal testing experiment.
Any beagles who managed to survive the tests at Charles River Laboratories in Mattawan, Michigan, were reportedly put to death at the end of the experiment.
This unnecessary, unnatural, and cruel lab was brought to light by the Humane Society of the United States who urged the public to sign a petition for the beagle’s release.
The US-based animal rights group released disturbing footage of previous experiments at the Michigan facility, showing wounded and caged beagles being force-fed an unknown substance.
After an investigation into the treatment of the animals at Charles River Laboratories, the Humane Society reported that the beagles, “cowering, frightened, in their cages,” were routinely “infused with drugs, pesticides, and other products, using crude methods.”
Over 300,000 people signed the petition with animal lovers disgusted by the needless pain and suffering inflicted upon these beautiful dogs.
Their collective voices proved to be powerful, forcing the lab to release the dogs.
On March 18, Corteva announced that they put an end to the study, after receiving authorization from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA), the governing body which mandates such experiments.
On Twitter, Corteva spoke of how they were working to ‘continually refine, reduce and replace animal tests wherever possible’:
“We’ve been working to refine, reduce, & 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.
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 the dogs as soon as possible.
We've been working to refine, reduce, & 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. Please read our full statement. pic.twitter.com/SQc5RJg41M
— Corteva Agriscience™ (@corteva) March 18, 2019
— Michigan Humane (@mhumane) March 29, 2019
We fully appreciate your concern, and we’re pleased we’ve reached an agreement with the Michigan Humane Society to rehome the animals. The dogs are healthy, and @mhumane has the experience, capability and capacity to rehome them. Please read our full update. pic.twitter.com/ao0n8zMOeM
— Corteva Agriscience™ (@corteva) March 27, 2019
The beagles are now enjoying the taste of freedom, and will soon be placed in forever homes.
Where the Beagles can enjoy the rest of their lives as they were always meant to as members of loving families.
On March 28, the Michigan Humane Society issued 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 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 and 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.
Beagles are loyal, peaceful, and curious dogs who would make an ideal furry companion for any dog lover, and a lab cage is no place for such spirited, fun-loving dogs.
Although they are not ready for adoption just yet, if you’re interested, keep checking the Michigan Humane Society’s social media channels for updates regarding their availability.
Let’s hope these beautiful animals find loving forever homes very soon.