Beagle Independence Day in New York!

July 18, 2010

Rex the Beagle Learns to Run

Rex the Beagle Learns to Run

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

~BigSis

4 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Susan @ SGCC

    July 18, 20103:28 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! People need to be aware that this kind of thing is still going on. I can’t stop crying. Those poor little babies! I wish I could take them all. Corporate America needs to wake up and smell the dog sh*t they’re standing in!

  2. Posted by BigSis

    July 18, 20106:25 pm

    Hi Susan! It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it? We don’t think about it because we don’t actually SEE it happening, but when I buy my Loreal mascara, I’m condoning it. No more! I’m finding a mascara that wasn’t poked into a puppy or bunny’s eyes! I’m just so glad that now these little guys and girls can have the awesome lives that they deserve!

  3. Posted by Sara

    July 24, 201011:54 am

    I think anyone watching this would be devastated, but as a new beagle owner I’m just speechless. Thanks to those who do the right thing and thanks for sharing with us how we can help.

  4. Posted by BigSis

    July 25, 20104:26 pm

    Hi Sara. Lucky you to have a beagle! I’m really thankful that these beagles were rescued and now have the life they always deserved. I for one can’t stop thinking about what these poor little guys went through, and I’m not going to be a party to it any more. My house is getting purged of all animal-tested products. It’s not going to be easy, but it’ll be worth it. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a comment!

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