All 4,000 beagles bred for animal testing finally FREED from henious Virginia dog breeding center
CUMBERLAND, VIRGINIA: The Humane Society of the United States says it has removed the last group of 4,000 former research beagles from a dog breeding center in Virginia that had planned to sell the dogs to animal testing labs. Luckily, the pups are now on their way to finding forever homes.
The organization said that on Thursday, September 1, that the remaining 312 dogs, which were going to be sold to labs for animal experimentation, were also removed from Envigo RMS LLC's facility. Out of those 312 pups, 52 beagles were transported to the organization's care center directly. The rest of the dogs will be transferred to independent shelters and rescue partners to find loving homes.
"Our Animal Rescue Team's work to transfer these beagles is a milestone in a fight we've been waging for years," Kitty Block, president, and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement. "It's ironic that these dogs were only spared from a lifetime of pain, suffering, and isolation in testing labs because this breeding facility was cited for Animal Welfare Act violations. Most of them would have been sold and spent their short lives in laboratories."
Block continued, "Many people don't realize that an average of 60,000 dogs just like these are still used in laboratories each year. Even as we celebrate these lucky dogs going to loving homes, we're focused on creating a future where no dogs will face that kind of fate."
The Humane Society organization of the United States has helped move the dogs to shelters and put them for adoption since starting the rescue mission in July. The cherry on the cake is even the royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have adopted a senior dog that was rescued from the facility last month.
Miguel AbiHassann, Humane Society of the United States' chief animal rescue, care, and sanctuary officer said, "Through the help of over 120 shelter and rescue partners, we were able to remove every dog from the facility in approximately two months and begin the process of finding them new, loving homes. Now the beagles' next steps begin as they enjoy their new lease on life." He added, "The HSUS will continue the work of promoting alternatives to animal testing so that this antiquated practice may come to an end."