Breaking!! State passes Beagle Freedom Law

After a great deal of work, another state (make this the sixth!) has passed the Beagle Freedom Law. The great news was announced to followers of the Beagle Freedom Project, the agency which negotiates with laboratories to secure the release of dogs (and other animals) who have been used for research.

According to the organization, Illinois is the latest state to pass the law – they wrote:

This law means that laboratories that use dogs and cats in experiments must now offer them up to public adoption.

Passage of the law, which will give laboratory animals the chance to enjoy a normal, happy life, didn’t happen without a fight. BFP wrote:

It took countless calls, emails, letters, and visits to Springfield to make this happen – but the Beagle Freedom community did not relent and would not give up. The opposition got ugly and we all were collectively challenged to “fight like hell” – and we did!

It’s a fight that was worth the effort – please share this amazing news with other animal lovers!!

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N.J. hospital abandons killing dogs used in medical school training

The Morristown Medical Center announced on Thursday they will abandon the use of killing dogs used in medical school training for emergency residents. The new policy came just days after the medical group, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington D.C. non-profit organization, paid for three billboard advertisements aimed at bringing attention to the medical center for killing dogs while teaching medical procedures.

The hospital had previously been defending its position, stating they were using dogs in an off-site lab during a single, four-hour course to demonstrate surgical procedures. Even if the dogs survived the invasive procedures, they were euthanized after the sessions. According to, the revised announcement came out early Thursday afternoon in a press release:

“Having reviewed current widespread practices and replacements for animal use, Morristown Medical Center has determined that the use of animals is not essential for training of emergency medicine physicians. As such, Morristown Medical Center will begin using either simulators or cadavers for this specialized, annual training.

As we have said from the beginning, training our physicians and staff to provide the highest quality care for our patients is our priority and responsibility. We will continue to ensure that our emergency residents are able to safely and proficiently perform life-saving procedures.”

Since the billboards went up, the hospital had been receiving numerous emails and phone calls about their use of dogs. Cardiologist John Pippin, director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, stated officials at the hospital were anxious to stop the outpouring of criticism by changing their policy.

The billboards will now be taken down. This time the dogs won with some great help.

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(Photo for killing dogs used in medical school via Beagle Freedom)