ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DOG RESCUE ORG. TO LABORATORIES: STOP THE KILLING!
National Rescue Org. Issues Open Letter to All Research Animal Breeders and Labs Offering to Take Any Animals That are Not Needed Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), a national research animal rescue and advocacy charity, has issued a public open letter to every laboratory animal breeder and research facility in the country asking that they allow for post-research adoption of those dogs and cats that are no longer needed, are considered too timid, with perceived "genetic defects," or are otherwise unwanted. Standard industry practice is to "cull" – or kill – such dogs.
According to Kevin Chase, Vice President of BFP, "in our eyes, dogs are wonderful individuals and should never be viewed as 'damaged inventory.' "As an adopter of two rescued research beagles I can confirm that they acclimatize to freedom quickly and make wonderful family companions.
The organization has cited a standard breeder practice of killing beagles with behaviors or physical characteristics they don't favor as evidence of this particularly deplorable practice. According to a published industry journal submission "it is important for breeding facilities to ensure that they screen and cull dogs that have unacceptable genetic backgrounds as well as unacceptable physical, physiological, and behavioral characteristics."