If you are like me, you agree that the VERY least we owe the forced subjects of animal research is the right of a chance for freedom and happiness once they are done being researched upon.
Beagle Freedom Project is finding homes for beagles that have been used in laboratory research after the labs no longer want or need them. In the past, these poor animals were killed immediately with no chance or hope of a happy life.
Although all types of dogs are used in animal research (as well as non-human primates, cats, pigs, mice, frogs, guinea pigs and many other species), beagles are the preferred dog for animal researchers because they are docile and friendly. Perhaps it makes it all the more tragic that they don't "fight back", or can't. Did you know that most laboratory dogs and cats have their vocal chords cut so they can't scream in pain?
Some of these dogs have never felt grass under their paws or sunlight on their fur.
Humane Society International says that 115 million animals are used EVERY YEAR in animal research. Much of this research is for cosmetic, tobacco and product testing. Often the types of research being done have been done many times before and do not need to be repeated.
While we wish we could help ALL research animals, Beagle Freedom Project is a beacon of hope that at least some people care about the poor animals that have been forced to give their lives against their will. It is a tragedy and travesty of enormous proportion.