36 Beagles used in pesticide tests in Michigan lab released

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Thirty-six Beagles used in pesticide test will be released from a Michigan laboratory and placed into homes, according to a release from the Humane Society of the United States.

Corteva AgriScience has agreed to work with the Michigan Humane Society to begin finding homes for the dogs who are currently under veterinarian care, but have been deemed healthy. The decision came less than a week after the Humane Society of the United States released the results of an undercover investigation at the Charles River Laboratories.

According to the report,  an investigator for the HSUS saw dogs killed at the end of studies, and others suffering for months including 36 gentle beagles being tested for a Dow AgroSciences pesticide.

“Dow commissioned this laboratory to force-feed a fungicide to beagles for a year, with some dogs being subjected to very high doses – so high that up to four capsules had to be shoved down their throats.  Those who survive until the designated end date of the study in July will be killed. Dow has publicly acknowledged that this one-year test is scientifically unnecessary. The United States government eliminated this test as a requirement more than 10 years ago and nearly all countries throughout the world have followed suit through efforts that have been led by Humane Society International in cooperation with members of the industry, including Dow.”

After the release of the video, Corteva AgriScience received a huge backlash and then announced the dogs would no longer be test subjects.

“The Humane Society of the United States is truly grateful to Corteva for choosing a reputable and trustworthy organization, Michigan Humane Society, to ensure the care and placement of the dogs into loving homes,” Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States wrote in a press release. “We thank MHS for taking on the responsibility for these dogs, who have gained worldwide attention. We will continue our long-term work to end the use of dogs for testing of various products, including pesticides and drugs.”

Corteva AgrScience issued their statement:

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2 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    This rescue is the result of TIRELESS EFFORTS of the Humane Society of the United States! Thank you, HSUS and the Michigan Humane Society! Also, thank you to Dow for the release! It is THE ONLY RIGHT THING TO DO!
    Now let’s get these little sweethearts placed in the loving homes they deserve!

  2. Darla G says:

    The ONLY reason they stopped the unnecessary testing is because they were busted. The people conducting these vile tests were making big bucks, I’m sure, and now they’re out of a job. Too bad….they deserve to be in jail for what they did to the poor, innocent dogs.


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