There are 65,000 dogs (96% are beagles) and 20,000 cats suffering in U.S. laboratories. They are used to test cosmetics, drugs, household products, and academic curiosities. If they survive these often invasive and painful tests the standard lab policy is to summarily kill them, because the labs are not kennels or adoption organizations.
After all these animals endure in our name, don’t they at least deserve a chance at a peaceful life?
Every other aspect of their laboratory time is covered by state or federal policy (food, water, pain management), but there are no guidelines on what happens when the research ends.
The Beagle Freedom Bill (AB 2431) has been introduced in the California State Legislature to address to this very issue. The law will ensure that tax-payer funded laboratories in California must offer up the “experimentally-spent” dogs and cats for public adoption through rescue organizations.
Beagle Freedom Project has demonstrated that this can be done and has rescued almost 200 laboratory animals from dogs and cats to rabbits, pigs, and even ponies. All are thriving in their new homes! With your help and this legislation more can be saved until the business of animal-testing is no more!
Did you know that less than 5% of a sealer’s annual income comes from the Canadian seal hunt? The vast majority (over 95%) of their income comes from commercial fishing.
This is why a federal buyout makes so much sense. Sealers don’t need the seal hunt to make a living. The concept is simple: rather than wasting tax money on a hunt with no market, the Canadian government can actually save money by offering to pay sealers a fair dollar amount to give up their license to kill.
Veterinarians say Canada’s commercial seal slaughter is inherently inhumane and nations are taking action by banning trade in seal products. Yet the Canadian government still authorizes the cruel slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seals each year — even using government funds to finance the purchase of seal pelts.
Each year, our team witnesses conscious, wounded baby seals left to suffer in agony — impaled on metal hooks, dragged across the ice, and cut open — all for their pelts to be stockpiled in a warehouse. Even Newfoundland sealers with an opinion support a federal sealing industry buyout. With this plan, the seal slaughter would end, sealers would receive financial compensation, and economic alternatives would be developed.
Please ask Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end the slaughter once and for all with a federal sealing industry buyout.
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