(original Beagle photo from here)
Have you heard of the Beagle Freedom Project? It was founded in 2010 to rescue laboratory beagles and find them forever homes. Before I became a part of the pet blogging community, I had no idea that beagles were commonly tested on in labs - because of their friendly and people-pleasing attitude, the research industry decided to use them for pharmaceutical and cosmetic experiments.
These dogs are not free. They are not happy. They are routinely tested on, kept in cages, and ignored. They will often be euthanized once the researchers are done with them. Beagle Freedom Project works with cooperative labs to rescue and transport beagles to new homes.
Recently, Minnesota (our neighbors to the North) became the first state in the country to pass the Beagle Freedom Bill. This allows the dogs and cats used in research facilities to be put up for adoption once they are of no use to labs. It's a great start to what will hopefully be a nationwide movement - rather than being put down, the dogs will have their chance at a life as a pet, not as a test subject.
My friend and coworker recently showed me this video of research beagles stepping onto grass for the first time. The video is rather old (I'm a bit behind the times!), but it is incredibly moving. These dogs have no idea what grass is or what it means to play! Definitely watch the video...but have a tissue or two handy.
So, how can we help? Click this link to read more about what you can do to help promote the Beagle Freedom Bill!