What’s the beagle rescue project, and how is it relevant here?
Well, from time to time I will publish blogs and links to organizations that I feel strongly about in relation to animal cruelty in cosmetics. There are currently about 70,000 dogs used in experimental labs each year in the US. Of these, the vast majority are beagles, because of their relatively small size and trusting and docile nature (they are bred specifically for the labs). Although a lot of the experiments are on household products or drugs, they are also used by some cosmetics companies.
I have never owned a beagle myself (although I have owned dogs and cats my whole life), but I do have a soft spot for them. In this post I want to draw attention to the Beagle Freedom Project, a US non-profit that works to educate people about the use of animals in experimentation (especially beagles), and has an innovative program where you can adopt or foster an animal currently in an experimental facility. They have had some success in getting a law passed in some states mandating that animals that are no longer of “experimental use” be re-homed, and you can contact your representatives through the site to encourage them to support the bill in your area.
The Beagle Freedom project also has a cruelty-free app (another reason I like them), that claims to have the most robust list of companies and products tested on animals.
Please leave your comments on this topic below – did you contact your representative? Sponsor an animal? Start a fundraiser? I would love to hear what you think about this issue!