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An Open Letter



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."

Over the last five years BFP has rescued and rehomed nearly 600 laboratory experiment survivors. The organization's namesake, beagles, make up the vast majority of the dogs rescued as they are the breed of choice for testing because of their friendly and docile nature. According to data obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately 60,000 dogs and 20,000 cats are used each year in research and testing.

The non-profit has pledged to continue their entreaties to the labs and breeders until more voluntarily participate in the adoption programs. Several states already mandate this effort after passing the organization's signature legislation, The Beagle Freedom Bill, compelling labs to at least contact rescue groups before euthanizing the dogs and cats.

The research industry article reflecting practice of "culling" dogs is available upon request. For more information, visit beaglefreedomproject.org.