Beagle Freedom Project: Research Animals Win!!

by Mary Haight on September 17, 2015

BeagleFreedomProject3Beagle Freedom Project hit a home run this Summer:

  1. Nevada and Connecticut passed the Beagle Freedom Bill giving facilities a right to release for adoption those animals who qualify when testing ends;
  2. an 11-State research animal rescue of historic proportion;
  3. an innovative new program leveraging the Freedom of Information Act and crowd-sourcing to gain release of more laboratory animals;
  4. the recent win by popular vote of $500,000 from Microsoft in their 10th global Upgrade Your World contest.

This is one busy organization making serious inroads in rescue, legislation, and public awareness campaigns! But, wait, what about other animals?

Beagle Freedom Project Not Just For Beagles

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Beagle is highlighted in the name because they are the most popular choice for research labs. This mission includes all dogs, cats, pigs, horses, ferrets, rabbits, turtles, and others. I came across cats and a lovely rabbit from Switzerland when looking through their pages of adoptable animals.

Cats, as you can imagine, do not do well in research labs, and the truth is more die during testing due to the invasive nature of biomedical research . You may have seen photos on social media that you never wanted to see. I won’t go into detail.

There are problems in the law, how the FDA requires animal testing for drugs, vaccines, and other biologics and medical devices to prove safety. Manufacturer’s have to follow these laws. Beagle Freedom Project supports a Federal Ban on animal testing, given the current science available. More on that in the recording below.

Research Animal Adoptions, Testing Laws, Science

I asked Shannon Keith, Founder (2004) and Chairman of Animal Rescue Media & Education (ARME), how she got into research animal rescue, added in 2010 as ARME’s mission under the Beagle Freedom Project name.  We cover a lot of territory in our 24 minutes. You’ll hear about what happens to the animals after leaving the lab:

  • How they are prepared for adoption
  • What adopting families should expect
  • What’s required of adopting families
  • Cruelty free homes (and an app!)

I was so excited to hear about their crowd-sourcing project using the Freedom of Information Act and I think you will be too! So many more dogs might make it into good homes through this inventive pairing of available tools. This is just one of at least a dozen things you can do to help this cause =)

After listening to the show, you might want to follow the Beagle Freedom Project on Facebook and Twitter

(Photos courtesy of Beagle Freedom Project)

18 comments
dailydogtag
dailydogtag

I love Beagle Freedom Project!  I'm so glad they won that money, I know it will make a big difference.

HeartLikeADog
HeartLikeADog

It is a wonderful win, I just wish they never had to be freed because I wish we didn't test on animals.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@HeartLikeADog Yes, exactly - I keep asking what's taking so long and I'll have a new podcast the second week of October that will provide an answer to that =) Thanks for stopping by Jodi!

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talenthounds
talenthounds

we love the Beagle Freedom Project. While I am sure I have enjoyed the benefits of animal testing over the years, it is too hard to stomach once you understand the consequences.

batray50
batray50

Great interview! My opinions on animal testing have completely reversed since I was a young adult as I gradually became more knowledgable. The work Beagle Freedom does to educate people and change lives of animals is invaluable. Thank you for a great interview. 

tenaciouslittleterrier
tenaciouslittleterrier

They do great work! Mr. N wasn't socialized at all when he was a puppy and had no idea what to do with toys. Can't believe the beagles have to spend their whole lives like that!

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@tenaciouslittleterrier  I agree. Beagle Freedom Project is such a wonderful example of a non-profit mission, producing such wonderful results! It's amazing to me how they can recover, and so well, from such a harsh life. Thanks for sharing =)

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mk_clinton
mk_clinton

I follow Beagle Freedom on all of their social media. I love the work they do and believe no animals should be used in testing.  We are home to Chimp Haven which is a "retirement" community for test chimpanzees.

mk_clinton
mk_clinton

@MaryEHaight Hey Mary, I just wanted to clarify that I don't work with Chimp Haven. It is located on the outskirts of our city and it is something we are very proud to have locally. They provide a wonderful place for the chimps to live out their lives. There is no need to test on animals. It is simply barbaric.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@mk_clinton Thank you for the work you're doing with chimps...so important. I was shocked at the group of chimps in the news that were abandoned recently by a research lab -- no food, no care, no housing! With something like 106,000 people dying yearly from animal-tested "safe" drugs, and with new technologies offering human-like models to test and operate on, you'd think lawsuits and less funding available would get these companies moving away from animal testing. Thanks for sharing, MK =)

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DawgBlogger
DawgBlogger

I will never forget the video of Beagles seeing grass for the first time in their lives; not knowing what it is and what to do about it. Cookie, when we got her, had no concept of man-made surfaces or structures such as stairs. It was a big challenge for her to adjust to all that. But I think it's nowhere as sad as not knowing what grass is.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@DawgBlogger The Beagle Freedom Project is such a great group! I agree, that was the most poignant moment of that video for so many who saw it. I don't know many animal lovers who wouldn't tear up over that. Thanks for sharing about your Cookie -- they are all so deserving of whatever we can provide =)

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