July 18, 2010
Did you hear about the July 4th rescue of 120 beagles from a New York testing lab that went bankrupt? Check this video of their Independence Day!
PetsAlive in Middletown, New York rescued the beagles, and got a hand from Best Friends. Can you imagine 120 dogs who had never been outside, walked on grass, played with a toy, chased a ball, ran, sniffed another dog, walked on a leash, and most importantly…had never been loved? PetsAlive and Best Friends had to be sensitive to these emotional issues, and also take care of the physical needs at the same time: vet checkups, neuterings and spayings, microchipping, shots, etc. Then they had to find homes – good homes – for all of these guys.
As of last Friday the 16th, only 15 beagle babies were still looking for their new home. If you think you might have one of those homes, you can still go to PetsAlive and fill out an online application.
Once all 120 of these beagles are safely placed in loving homes, what else can we do? We can make sure that we DON’T support animal testing. If we commit to only purchasing products that are NOT animal tested, then the testing will stop. If we’re endorsing animal testing by buying those products, then animals like these beagles will continue to suffer.
Who DOESN’T animal test? It’s simple to find out. Go to caringconsumer.com and search for specific companies, or click on “Companies That Don’t Test” and “Companies That Do Test” to see printable lists.
You might be surprised to see that some really large, well-respected companies still animal test: Dial, Johnson & Johnson, Loreal, Max Factor, Bic, Clorox, Clairol, Procter & Gamble, Pantene, etc. It’s disappointing.
The good news is that there are lots of companies who do not animal test, and they aren’t a bunch of hippy-dippy companies with low-quality products: Almay, Arbonne, Aveda, Bare Escentuals, Bath & Body Works, Bobbi Brown, The Body Shop, Caldrea, Calvin Klein, Clarins, Clinique, Essie, Estee Lauder, Jolen, L’Occitane, Lush, MAC, Norelco, Ojon, OPI, Origins, Paul Mitchell, Pureology, Stila, Trader Joe’s, Urban Decay, Victoria’s Secret, Whole Foods 365 House Brand, and hundreds more.
I’m committing to research all of the things I buy, and then I’m boycotting any company still on the testing list. How about you? I don’t want the suffering of more beagles, primates and bunnies on my conscience.
For more information on the beagle rescue, check PetsAlive press page.
Rex’s photo courtesy of Best Friends