You read it right, 4,000 beagles rescued from US-based research facility called Envigo. And we can’t help wondering how much animal cruelty is going to be enough to stop this?
Every year millions of animals, including dogs, are tested on in laboratories. Even as Envigo will shut down its facility in Cumberland Virginia, animal cruelty continues at its parent company Inotiv.
Also read: A world without animal testing
What we know so far
According to news reports, the rescued beagles are being moved out of the Envigo facility where they were kept in horrific conditions. The beagles will stay under the care of the Humane Society of the United States until they find their foster and forever homes.
As reported by CNN, Virginia senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said in a statement, “After months of advocacy, we’re heartened to know that nearly 4,000 Envigo dogs will be spared a lifetime of suffering and will instead head to loving homes. We’re also pleased to know that Inotiv, Envigo’s parent company, will shutter its Cumberland facility. No more dogs will be subject to the appalling conditions and inexcusable distress endured by so many dogs and puppies at the facility. We will continue working in the Senate to prevent the mistreatment of innocent animals across Virginia and the nation.”
Where will the dogs go, BFP asks
The Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) that tirelessly works to rescue and rehome animals used in experimental research played a significant role in this development. It sent out letters and petitions to the concerned authorities highlighting animal cruelty that ultimately led to the shutdown of the facility.
“While we are celebrating that thousands of dogs will be freed from Envigo’s filthy cages and horrors, one BIG question remains – WHERE will the dogs go? BFP is working diligently to be part of the rehoming process for these special-needs dogs who require rehabilitation and extra-loving care,” a BFP statement read [on its website].