(ANIMAL TESTING/DOGS) An undercover investigation conducted by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) found UK lab MSD Animal Health using beagle puppies for cruel animal testing.

Thanks to their investigation, a BUAV worker was able to convince the inhumane research lab to release two of its breeding beagles and one of their puppies. However, this was just a small victory, as the investigation also showed that almost 100 dogs were killed in the facility, and the ones remaining were taken from their mothers and will face “certain death.”

Read on to find out more about the BUAV’s findings at MSD Animal Health, and sign the petition to help put an end to their cruelty. — Global Animal

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Bonnie and her beagle puppies at the UK research laboratory. Photo Credit: BUAV

British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)

An undercover investigation by the BUAV has rescued and rehomed three healthy beagles from a laboratory run by MSD Animal Health in the UK. Before and After photographs of the dogs can be viewed here.

Oliver in the laboratory at MS Animal Health. Photo Credit: BUAV
A beagle puppy named Oliver in the laboratory at MSD Animal Health. Photo Credit: BUAV

Most of the dogs used by MSD Animal Health face ‘certain death’ the minute they enter or are born in the laboratory facilities. Although some dogs could have been released by the laboratory, they were instead usually killed. There is strong support for homing beagles and other animals from laboratories where possible (1).

‘Suzie’ the BUAV investigator was able to persuade the company to release two adult nursing females, Bonnie and Billie and one, five month old puppy, Oliver. All have settled well into their new homes and enjoying their freedom. These three are the lucky ones. Tragically during the BUAV investigation, 92 puppies and 10 adult nursing females were killed, including all Bonnie’s and Billie’s puppies and Oliver’s mother, brothers and sisters.

Earlier this month, the BUAV investigation at MSD Animal Health revealed that puppies were separated from their mothers at a very young age, some just over four weeks, to be used in tests; the routine killing of puppies from five weeks of age; the routine killing of healthy female adult beagles once their puppies were taken away from them and a lack of effort to find homes for those adult and puppy beagles who were no longer required or could have been released at the end of the experiments.

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Beagles Billie and Bonnie on the day they were rescued.
Photo Credit: BUAV

BUAV investigator, ‘Suzie’ said:

After my eight months undercover, I was so happy to be able to save Oliver, Bonnie and Billie from death. But sadly there were so many others like them who did not have that chance, which is why it is vital we bring this terrible suffering to and end and ban the use of dogs and cats in research.”

Sarah Kite, Director of Special Projects stated:

“Although these beagles are affected by their institutionalisation in the laboratory, they are learning quickly how enjoyable life can be. All three epitomise how easily many more of these dogs could have been released into loving homes, if only MSD Animal Health had made the effort. It is shameful and we call for an immediate change in policy to enable this to happen.”

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Oliver, one of the breeding beagles, after his rescue. Photo Credit: BUAV

More BUAV: http://www.buav.org/article/1513/beagles-enjoy-life-instead-of-certain-death

TAKE ACTIONSign the petition requesting MSD Animal Health stop the testing and killing of puppies, kittens, and other young animals!