A non-profit animal rescue group has negotiated the release of seven beagles who spent their lives being experimented on in a "border area lab."
Beagle Freedom Project's press release states that the five females and two males "have never been outside, played with a toy, or experienced human affection. Several of the dogs are nine years old and traumatized." All the dogs have been adopted and will meet their owners today in Hutto.
It's unclear what "research" the dogs were used for, but Beagle Freedom Project Spokeswoman Lorna Campbell told us via email that "In our three years of existence, we've rescued dogs that have been used for household product testing, cosmetic testing, and medical research."
Then there's this: "They often have their vocal chords surgically removed so that they cannot make any noise and disrupt the technicians working in the labs."
Yes, it would be a shame for the technicians to be disrupted in their pursuit of the perfect make-up.
Campbell explained that "We do not name the lab the dogs come from because it means they will never release dogs to us again, and would jeopardize the lives of hundreds of animals....The only reason we can save these dogs is because we agree to keep this information confidential."
The group says it's saved over 200 beagles "and other animals" from labs around the country, but this is the first Texas release.
The group states that beagles comprise 96 percent of the 65,000 dogs in research labs.
Beagles are "the breed of choice because they are friendly and docile," according to the press release. "Very few of these dogs ever survive their time in research, as most laboratories summarily euthanize the dogs as a matter of policy, even if they are healthy and adoptable."
Check out the group's Cruelty Cutter app, which allows you to scan a product's bar code to determine it's "animal-testing status."