Beauty and the Beagles is a whimsical title, but it has a true issue behind it. After our first beagle, Buck, passed away I jumped headlong into learning about beagle rescue. Learning of The Beagle Freedom Project and the rampant testing on beagles was a watershed event in my life.. Why is testing on BEAGLES to attractive to labs? Simply for the reasons a beagle will steal your heart every day- they want to make you happy, they are resilient, and instead of becoming aggressive towards their torturers they just break. Their heart stops thinking it deserves love and tender care. The sparkle of love and excitement disappears. They test on beagles because beagles are so sweet and kind, I will never lie and portray myself as 100% cruelty free living. It does influence every purchase I make. I vote with each dollar I spend for or against animal testing. Mine vote “NO!!!”
I urge you, beg you, to spend a few minutes looking through their website, but here is a little info until you can! *** Be sure to catch “One Simple Way You Can Cut Cruelty Everyday” post!
BFP does a much better job than I could so this is their electronic press release from their “About Us” page on their website :
“Beagle Freedom Project has an ambitious immediate and long-term agenda that is both political and pragmatic. The organization is working toward the release of more animals and an end to animal testing altogether. To actualize this life-saving agenda, the organization focuses on four key programs:
Rescue and Outreach Center (ROC): Often, dogs emerging from prolonged periods of captivity and research violence need special care to address their physical and emotional needs. BFP is constructing a Los Angeles center to initially home these dogs, and to serve as a headquarters and outreach / educational center for the public and press.
Legislation: There are 383 labs in the U.S. that use nearly 70,000 dogs every year (of which 96% are beagles). Because so many labs kill the dogs instead of retiring them, BFP is advancing legislation to mandate their release, which will guarantee their freedom and attract positive press attention to this hidden, problematic reality. BFP made history passing this bill into law in California, Minnesota, Connecticut, Nevada, and New York. It is currently pending in Illinois and Maryland.
Rescues: BFP has rescue opportunities on the horizon from labs across the U.S., the UK, Europe, Korea, and even Australia. Each survivor is a living reminder that animals in labs are not abstract.
Education: The use of beagles in labs and all animal testing will only end once people are informed. BFP runs nationwide outreach / educational programs to raise awareness of the plight of lab animals and present steps people can take to help stop testing. Via efforts like the Identity Campaign, classroom visits, and the BFP Kids Program more and more citizens are learning about animal testing and the non-violent alternatives.
Expert Directory for Press Inquiries :
Shannon Keith – Rescues
Kevin Kjonaas – Legislation
Lorna Campbell – General Educational Programs
Jeremy Beckham – Identity Campaign and the Beagle Freedom Prize