In a landmark move, 70 beagles who were imported
from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore,
have been released to People For Animals and Blue Cross Chennai following a
rigorous campaign for their release by PETA India and these groups. The dogs have been
removed from quarantine and handed over to animal protection groups with the
permission of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and
through efforts made internally in government by MP Maneka Gandhi.
The rescue was
approved after PETA notified the Committee for the Purpose of Control and
Supervision of Experimentation on Animals that it was falsely stated on an
Animal Quarantine & Certification Service document that the dogs were
"pets", rather than for experiments. PETA also learned that Cathay
Pacific Airways, which has a strict policy against transporting animals to
laboratories, was misinformed by the supplier, Beijing Marshall Biotechnology
Co., Ltd., that the dogs would not be used or killed in a laboratory.
More than fifty thousand
people from around the world sent e-mails to authorities calling for the dogs'
release. Actor Trisha Krishnan
also sent a heartfelt letter to the government calling for the dogs’ release.
Many other celebrities helped by tweeting about the campaign and encouraging
their fans to write.
the Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan flew to
Chennai to personally inspect the 70 beagles. PETA commends and thanks Minister
Natarajan for giving the serious attention to this case that it deserves", says PETA's Science Policy
Advisor, Dr Chaitanya Kumar. "PETA India invites people who are ready to
make the lifelong commitment to caring for a dog to adopt these puppies and
give them the loving home that they were almost denied."
beagles because of their friendly and docile nature. Beagles in laboratories
spend their lonely lives in cages and are often poisoned with drugs, burned
with chemicals or cut open in experimental surgical procedures. At the end of
most of these experiments, they are killed and dissected.
Anyone in the Chennai area interested in
adopting one of the rescued dogs is invited to contact People For Animals (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Blue Cross Chennai (email@example.com).
Posted by PETA
@Dass We don't have any Beagles up for adoption. But, we do have some pups who urgently need homes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you.
@Priyanka Dutta We don't have any Beagles up for adoption, instead how would you like to give a home to one of these sweet pups?: http://bit.ly/16JlfYU.
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