Beagle Freedom Project began in December 2010 when Shannon Keith received information that beagles who were used for animal experiments in a research lab were to be given a chance at freedom. Our mission is rescuing and finding homes for beagles used in laboratory research.
Beagles are the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities. The research industry says they adapt well to living in a cage, and are inexpensive to feed. Research beagles are usually obtained directly from commercial breeders who specifically breed dogs to sell to scientific institutions.
Testing done on beagles in university and other research facilities includes medical/pharmaceutical, household products and cosmetics. When they are no longer wanted for research purposes, some labs attempt to find homes for adoptable, healthy beagles. Working directly with these labs, Beagle Freedom Project is able to remove and transport beagles to place them in loving homes. All rescues are done legally with the cooperation of the facility.
Here are some facts that Snapshots of Wellness readers truly need to know to get educated:
- There are over 65,000 dogs & cats sitting in dark cages in research labs across the country.
- 106,000 people die yearly from drugs tested safely on animals.
- In just 2012, nearly 70,000 dogs were used in United States labs alone.
- Beagles are the 'breed of choice' for labs because they are so gentle.
- Less than 2% of human illnesses (1.16%) are ever seen in animals.
- Product and drug testing account for 68% of tests on beagles.
- Animal tests & human tests only 'agree' 5-25% of the time - HLS
- 96% of the dogs used in labs are beagles.
How can you help support Beagle Freedom Project? You can get involved in a number of ways by going here.
You can play a role in freeing these innocent animals from a lifetime of horrendous torture in labs. It sickens me frankly that this is happening across our country. And it saddens me that we - as consumers - would even choose products that test on animals. There are thousands of product alternatives now that are the healthiest choices for your skin, body and home environment that do not test on animals. Beagle Freedom Project has simplified this 'lack of education' amongst consumers by providing a Cruelty Cutter App for your phone. You can save animals in one scan.
I really love donating to Beagle Freedom Project because I know exactly where my dollars are going. BFG is a grassroots organization and they need our help and they have made the 'how to help' so EASY! I really appreciate how their website outlines very clearly all of the ways that you can get started today in assisting them in freeing these animals. Please consider donating - raising awareness via social media - adopting/fostering a rescued lab animal - and please please please do not buy products that test on animals.