Michigan lab ends chemical pesticide testing on 36 beagles

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In a controversial chemical pesticide testing on 36 beagles at a Michigan laboratory, on Monday, it was announced the study has ended. 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.”

Corteva Agriscience, a division of DowDuPont, stated that Brazilian authorities had granted a waiver for the testing, and on Twitter made the announcement:

“We have immediately ended the study that was the subject of attention last week and will make every effort to rehome the animals that were part of the study.”

The HSUS applauded the decision.

“We applaud Corteva for making the right decision by ending the test and urge them to work with us to get the dogs out of the laboratory and to our shelter and rescue partners so that they can be adopted into loving homes. The company has been a valuable partner to us in the past on important measures to decrease animal testing and we hope that we can work with them on a happy ending for these dogs.”This is a huge win for our Animal Research Issues campaign and for our investigations team, which worked hard to expose the cruelty dogs are subjected to in animal testing labs, as well as for our Humane Society International team, which mediated to get a waiver from Brazil for the Corteva pesticide test.

Today’s victory would also not be possible without you, our followers. Thousands of you shared the blog and other HSUS communications on the investigation, and took action calling on Dow to release the beagles. Join us today as we celebrate this important win, for the beagles and for our global battle against animal testing.”

The organization is hoping Corteva will work together to remove the dogs from the laboratory and into shelters and partner rescues in order to get them adopted by loving families.

More than 300,000 people signed an online petition calling for an end to the testing.

For more details about the testing the dogs were subjected to, read the previous coverage here.

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2 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    HSUS is often an “unsung hero.” This organization works 24/7 to save animals, but much of their work goes on behind the scenes and often goes unnoticed. Please spread the word and support their vital work.

    Once again, prayers are answered!

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Thank goodness, there is no reason to do testing like this on innocent animals. I’m glad it’s been stopped.


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