As consumers, when we go to the grocery store or pharmacy, all we ever encounter is an end product. Aside from what’s written on the package, we get very little insight into how any of the items we purchase every day are made. Unfortunately, for many of these items, the process to get them from factory to store shelves sometimes begins in a lab. Despite the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not require cosmetic companies to test the safety of their products on animals, many continue to anyway. In the case of the pharmaceutical industry, testing is required – and although alternative technologies do exist, many continue to use animals as test subjects.
Beagles are a favorite of the pharmaceutical industry due to their docile and kind nature. According to the American Anti-Vivisection Society, an organization advocating for the end of animals used in research, between 70,000 and 75,000 dogs are used for research in the United States each year. The majority of these are beagles. This comes as a surprise to most people as it is not common knowledge that animals aside from rats and mice are subjected to horrific lives in labs.
Luckily, there are organizations working to bring awareness to the sad reality of what beagles have to experience in labs, one of which is Beagle Freedom Project.
Beagle Freedom Project recently learned about a horrific beagle experiment at the University of Missouri. In a post on Facebook, the organization explains, “Beagles had their eyes forced open so experimenters could intentionally damage their corneas. The pain and irritation to their eyes was so severe these poor dogs had to be fitted with Elizabethan collars to prevent them from tending to this injury. The experimenters then dripped an experimental acid into their eyes to see if it would help the wound heal faster.” Revealing the heartbreaking result of these trails, Beagle Freedom continues, “It did not.”
No animal deserves to undergo this sort of horrifying treatment, especially considering the fact that it has been proven many times that animal trials rarely yield the same results that human do. Effectively, drugs or chemicals that had positive responses in animal trials could very well have very negative effects on humans.
While the days of animal testing are hardly on their way out, though there is some promising technology that leads us to believe an end is in sight, we can help put an end to the suffering of the beagles in the University of Missouri.
You can support the efforts of Beagle Freedom Project to put an end to this sort of experimentation by clicking here.
You can also make a difference for all animals by refusing to purchase items that were made with animal testing. Look out for the Leaping Bunny symbol to ensure that the product is cruelty-free and download Beagle Freedom Project’s Cruelty Cutter app to easily scan any item to find out if it was made with animal testing.
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