When you think of dog experiments—the first question that comes to mind is: Do they still experiment on animals, even puppies? And the answer shockingly is yes, they do.
The 80s weren’t just about fluorescent colors and Charlie’s Angels, as many must recall it as the first time seeing and hearing rabbits make awful noises as drops of toxic chemicals went into their eyes.
Why would anyone ever need to do this—to see what it does? But, unfortunately, these and other horrid acts are still happening in today’s modern world.
It’s almost unfathomable that laboratories get medieval on innocent dogs now. A simple search for “dog experiments” instantly returns multiple reports about Beagles being locked head first in a chamber, where flesh-eating insects slowly devour them while conscious. And if that’s not enough, they cut their vocal cords so the lab techs aren’t distracted by their screams. So what are we learning here? What on earth could ever be so important that such cruel, inhumane acts are justified?
The problem has gone all the way to the top, with legislators, dog lovers demanding answers. Moreover, according to the White Coat Waste Project, a group founded in 2013 to champion the cause of putting an end to needless, horrific dog experiments once and for all, posits the question. If the Food and Drug Administration does not demand drug testing on dogs, why is this still happening?
When studying toxicology, dogs are the mammal of choice, enduring all kinds of force-fed or injected poisons like pesticides, industrial chemicals, and household products of any type. Then, the treatment slowly destroys them as they suffer immeasurably in the name of commerce. They spend years in cages, repeatedly tested on in just any sickening way for a business. The list of endless tortures goes on and is just too horrible to detail: caged from birth, open sores, rotting teeth, parasite infestations, bloody excrement, intentional blinding, to name a few, and there is more.
Thankfully, there are still organizations out there fighting for dog’s rights, like the Beagle Freedom Project, a non-profit rescue and advocacy group that since 2010 has been spending countless hours lobbying to end animal (dog) experiments and rehoming survivors.
Bearing in mind how intelligent dogs are and their almost-human capacity for emotion, love, pain, and feeling. So, just the mere thought of these majestic creatures going through such torture over deciding if a shampoo will sting your eyes or if a specific type of parasite will eat through a puppy’s innocent flesh is just impossible to understand!
One law BFP is trying to get passed on a federal level is the Humane Retirement Act (H.R. 2850, 116th), which has successfully passed in multiple states. However, this law (The Beagle Freedom Bill) doesn’t end dog and cat frighteningly violent experiments in labs; instead, it requires the torture facilities to find a home for what’s left of these hurt furry babies. While this is an excellent step for animal rights, the sad idea is that after all the torture and inhumane treatment these innocent creatures receive, these facilities toss them out like a piece of rotting meat when the testing is over. This barbaric killing practice is because they no longer serve a purpose to the torturers.
According to the BFP, more than 60 thousand dogs and 20 thousand cats endure senseless, torturous animal experiments each year for items like cosmetics, household products, pharmaceuticals, and other random evil acts they can think up. And the sickest part of it all, 96% of the dogs used are beagles, Snoopy for god’s sake, why, because they are friendly, peaceful, and submissive. The irony of an animal being the perfect breed for torture because its nature is a kind, loving, and beautiful animal is beyond understanding.
Reading about animal experiments on dogs, it’s almost as if the creators of the laboratories were inspired by horror movies. Even more, after the products, chemicals, etc., have been tested out on dogs, BFP exposes one other reason the laboratories list called “academic curiosities.” This broad category covers different types of pain-inducing, extended, cruel acts done in the name of—you can’t call it science.
Why is it still okay to hurt dogs? If you think about it, dog fighting is illegal, but not because it’s hurting and killing dogs; it’s unsanctioned gambling. It would not be surprising if the same monsters who experiment on dogs go home to pets of their own, mentally easing their minds by calling it science, which it is not. If you blind dogs repeatedly with a toxic chemical that you know blinds, what are you achieving other than unspeakable pain and suffering?
Moreover, according to the WCWP, a big part of the senseless and evil animal experiments is paid for by taxpayers without their knowing approval on a federal level with grants, contracts, and experiments within government labs. And that the problem is so huge, nobody knows just how much money fuels these atrocity factories. It’s so bad that these same laboratories can go on for years, draining taxpayers’ money and producing nothing valuable in the end; meanwhile, thousands of innocent dogs endure unimaginable pain so a new sunscreen can join the 100s of others on the shelves.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, here are industries today where animal experiments are still occurring:
We learn of atrocities to animals in other countries where dogs are killed, cooked, and made into a specialty dish—and we freeze with utter horror. But do many know that right here in the United States, dogs like the docile, trusting Beagles are bred and sold for the sole purpose of whatever horrible experiments a laboratory can think of and implement in the name of science? So companies of all sorts and academic institutions buy dogs bred to spend their entire miserable days of life in a cramped, loveless cage, terrified and cruelly subjected to unthinkable tortures.
Excruciatingly painful things to besiege these animals for their entire life—and the kindest breed are chosen simply for that reason, dogs raised for torture to whoever is willing to pay because the emotional range is ideal. Reactions to suffering and deprivation, and the very thing that makes a dog what they are to their owners who love them, and this continues to go on today, legally, and there is no end to the torture they will endure. All these labs are required to do, is find a reason, get a budget together and a crew, and experiment away. Again, the majority are Beagles because of their lovely nature. Nice-dogs sadly finish last when it comes to experimentation.
Such is the way with ivory, pelts, shark fins, wet markets, et al., where there is a potential profit, breeders and enablers of these laboratories and their experiments will be breeders and enablers. Organizations like BFP, PETA, or WCWP, are working tirelessly with campaigns, fundraising, and legislators to stop such practices.
From harvesting puppies to snatching them off the streets and selling them to places that subject them to dungeons of infinite experimental torture, this is happening right here in the United States every year, and it’s not just on a federal level, but global to boot.We can all help by offering whatever support is within our power to assist and promote organizations like the Beagle Freedom Project to put an end to this archaic industry of pain once and for all.
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