HSUS undercover investigation shows beagles being poisoned with pesticides and drugs, killed at animal testing lab

By on March 12, 2019 with 111 Comments

It’s the kind of video no dog lover would ever wish to see, but we are releasing it today because it’s important for you to know just what goes on at laboratories across the United States where dogs are poisoned – and killed – for pesticide and pharmaceutical products and other purposes each year. We are also sharing this video because we need your help to get 36 dogs out of a testing facility where they are now being force-fed a fungicide every day.

In the video, recorded as part of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, you’ll see Harvey, a beagle with soft, brown eyes, being taken out of his stainless-steel cage at the Charles River Laboratories in Michigan, where he was being used with 21 other dogs for a study. Dogs in laboratories that test on animals are usually numbered, not named, but Harvey (number 1016) was an exception because laboratory workers thought he was “a good boy” and stood out as friendly and “adorable.”

Subsequently, you see Harvey with a big surgical scar: his chest was opened and two chemical substances were poured into it. When another beagle from the same study is being carried to a room for euthanasia, one of the lab workers remarks, “He’s gonna die.”

That beagle, Harvey, and the 20 others did die. On the day Harvey was euthanized, he was let out of his cage for a few minutes to run around on the floor — that day was “the best life he knew,” one lab employee observed.

And it was no different for most of the other dogs who were part of that test, sponsored by Paredox Therapeutics. Our investigator, who spent nearly 100 days at the facility, documented the dogs cowering, frightened, in their cages with surgical scars and implanted with large devices. Dogs being force-fed or infused with drugs, pesticides and other products, using crude methods, many that are unlikely to ever be used in humans. Dogs undergoing invasive surgeries or having their jaws broken to test dental implants. Dogs being used by workers to practice procedures like force feeding and blood collection.

Treating companion animals like this is unthinkable to most of us, and it would be illegal in any other situation. But the U.S. government not only sanctions these tests, many of its agencies either require them or carry out such testing themselves. For example, the Food and Drug Administration requests that companies provide numerous animal tests, including on dogs, as part of their drug approval process. In addition to toxicity testing, many other agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, either carry out biomedical research on dogs (such as cardiac research) or provide funding for experiments to be carried out at other facilities.

This hound was surgically implanted with a drug delivery device for a study sponsored by Above and Beyond NB, LLC of Atlanta. Photo by the HSUS

According to the most recent reports, approximately 60,000 dogs are used in testing and research in the United States each year, with an additional 6,500 dogs reported as being held in laboratories but not yet used. The Michigan lab alone used thousands of beagles and hounds last year in testing for companies seeking federal approval for potentially poisonous products, like pharmaceuticals and pesticides (fungicides). Harvey and the other dogs who were at the lab during our investigation were bought from two major breeders, Marshall BioResources and Covance Research, which sell specifically to laboratories. Marshall had 22,000 dogs at its facility in New York at the time of a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection in 2018. Beagles are most commonly used in research because of their docile nature.

The Charles River Laboratories now has 36 beagles in its facility for a pesticide test commissioned by Dow AgroSciences (now known as Corteva), and we need your help to get those beagles out.

The test, which involves force-feeding the dogs with various doses of a fungicide each day for a full year, has been universally deemed as unnecessary, including by Dow scientists. Dow itself has actively advocated for eliminating this test in numerous countries, and we have been grateful for Dow’s work in the past. When we reached out to the company, we were told the test is required in Brazil. The country has taken steps to remove the one-year dog test from its pesticide requirements, but the changes haven’t been formally adopted yet. When Humane Society International swiftly contacted Brazilian regulatory authorities, we received a response that they were readily granting waiver requests from companies to forego this test. Dow asked for a more formal assurance from Brazil to end the dog study already underway, which HSI obtained, but Dow’s regulatory affairs division now says they need additional confirmation that their specific pesticide product will be approved without the dog study results before ending the study.

Our discussions with Dow have hit an impasse and meanwhile, time is running out for the Dow beagles. Unless we act fast, these 36 dogs will likely die for a test that is not needed.

It is too late to help Harvey and the other dogs seen during our investigation. But with your help, we can make a difference for these 36 dogs still at Charles River. Please join us in asking Dow to immediately end the test and release the beagles to us. We will work on getting them placed into loving homes, even as we continue to work toward the day when invasive testing on dogs becomes a thing of the past.

Ask Dow to immediately release the 36 beagles

*Editor’s note: Since the release of our investigation, the University of Vermont has denied ties to the horrific experiments performed by Paredox on dogs. We apologize for inadvertently misrepresenting its involvement by stating that the university gave money to Paredox and have changed the language in the blog accordingly.

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  1. Roxanne Hogue says:

    Horrific!

  2. Janet Helstrom says:

    Just HORRIBLE how tjese poor dogs are abused…

  3. Pam shearer says:

    Please stop the barbaric practice of testing on animals. There are scientific equivalents to the tests, where animal use is not necessary.

  4. Rebecca says:

    All life is precious. Please stop 🙁 This unnecessary cruelty treatment to animals . Have some compassion.

  5. Kathy says:

    Can you please post the info as to where we can write, email, etc to help save these dogs? We have 2 rescued beagles at home that were from animal testing. We would be happy to help

  6. Emily says:

    these people should be ashamed of themselves…how do they sleep

    • KMS says:

      I OhSo AGREE with you & glad you posted this. The enablers show that they have no misgivings & have no feelings for being advocates to cruelty & mistreatment of these non defense victims of horrific treatments 👿.

  7. Linda Greaves says:

    These tests are no longer needed. Stop the tests and save the dogs slated for testing.

  8. Angela Bryan says:

    There are no words for how awful this is. 😥

  9. Felicia Hashim says:

    There is absolutely no reason to test on animals anymore. We have evolved and now have to move on to a more compassionate world. Please help lead the way.

  10. Janet Coy says:

    Please stop this cruelty!!

  11. Simon says:

    THIS SUCKS GET THEM RELEASED HUMANE SOCIETY NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE DEMAND THE RELEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Leslie Simpson says:

    Please stop this now!

  13. Monica says:

    Disgusting. How about testing on death row inmates and lifetime prisoners? Also, how do they get away with this abuse now that abuse is a felony? Forcing dogs and other animals into harmful experiences intentionally is abuse.

  14. Cathy says:

    This needs to stop..how do those employees go home at night….

  15. Pei Pei Rossewey says:

    This is horrible. We need to shut down all animal testing!

  16. verA kyle says:

    Totally wrong and cruel!

  17. Robert says:

    How do they sleep at night? I hope these dogs come to them in their nightmares. Dogs & Horses helped build this country. All this for pesticides?

  18. Crystal Palomino says:

    How can our government support such cruel and painful tortures such as these…I cried reading and watching this. What is wrong with our country to be ok with this treatment?

  19. Karen wilson says:

    How can we stop this!! It’s horrible!! Inhumane🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

  20. Sheryl Bass says:

    This is horrible!

  21. Dale says:

    Just the petition I dont buy products that use animal testing it is so unnecessary and inhumane to the humans and the animals

  22. Deedee D. says:

    Horrifying and beyond monstrous. Whether it is rats, bunnies, or dogs, animal testing needs to end. I do my share by contributing monetarily and spreading the word. I hope others do, too.

  23. Jeanie says:

    This is horrible !!!! This needs to stop. Those poor animals.

  24. Robert says:

    This will not end because of all the corruption involved in animal testing unfortunately. These labs count on huge government funding. These people are despicable that work there. Most of these tests are not necessary it’s been proven.
    I wish this could end for good, but even if they stop it, it will be moved to other countries just to get that almighty dollar! This just turns my stomach!

  25. Wendy says:

    Animal testing is BS! It is completely ridiculous and appalling! It just makes me SO angry! It makes me dislike DOW even more than I did in the first place. DOW is not only torturing animals…they pollute the air and dump chemicals in the environment. It is an organization with no morals…Nothing but greed! And shame on you Charles River Labs!

  26. Rebecca Dewinter-Abdow says:

    I do not use any pesticides! We cannot support these chambers of horror! There is NO need for these inhumane tests on poor innocent animals! Let these billion dollar industries know you will not patronize them. Tell Dow you will NEVER buy any of their products. Ask them to have compassion and release the beagles NOW 😢

  27. Sandi DeBruyne says:

    THIS MUST STOP NOW!

  28. Fran (Optional) Kolpack says:

    Stop torturing these dogs. You are poor excuse of a human being. Shame on you.

  29. TINA J MOTZ says:

    enough is enough test after test the same damn test over and over again, this has to stop this is the most ridiculous shit I have ever realized was actually happening, what kind of people would want to be involved with such a thing. If you want to test medicine and poison try it on the lifers that are sitting in prison not worthy of room and board or even a meal for what some of them have done. And obviously pesticide are poisonous products are dangerous and there is NO NEED for this, it isn’t about the TAX payers money to me it is PURELY what is being done to animals. TIME TO STOP THIS SICKENING MADNESS. I bet if anyone involved really told there children and family what they did for a living it would NOT be acceptable to them either, tell the truth you lying fools, most of them probably own a dog or some kind of animal. How do you live with your self, your judgement will come. God help everyone of you pathetic FOOLS!!!!!!!!

    • Marilyn Kruse says:

      How DO you live with yourself????!!! My GOD, you are horrible people!! What POSSIBLE good do you believe you are doing? SCIENTISTS, you call yourselves!!! All you are interested in, is $$$$$$$. You are monsters!!!

  30. Michelle says:

    Dow and all companies…YOU MUST STOP THIS BARBERIC UNNECESSARY ANIMAL TESTING!! THIS IS HORRIFIC AND EVIL!! Absolutely NO need for this. Just stop!!! Please!! Test on prisoners not innocent animals.

  31. Mike says:

    How do these people live with themselves doing this to these poor animals day in and day out?

  32. Donna Roy says:

    Heartbreaking and inhumane, must end and save these poor dogs.

  33. Janelle says:

    This is absolutely disgusting!! How can anyone feel good about themselves after treating animals like this!!!

  34. Helen Nieuwenhuis says:

    This is unnecessary, cruel and inhumane. Man’s best friend, tortured. I want to say much, much more and put down what I really think however I’m sure it wouldn’t be allowed.

  35. Lisa Bower says:

    Stop this cruel experimentation now ! There is no need for this inhumane practice!

  36. Jodi A. Peterson says:

    STOP THE MADNESS!
    What is wrong with you people?
    STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Susan says:

    Simply disgusting and unnecessary! All for chemicals

  38. Patricia Miller says:

    Of course this must stop. I was particularly horrified that at one point they had 22,000 dogs. I hope the workers will find the courage to quit their jobs rather than torture dogs. Better to live under a bridge than earn your living by daily cruelty.

  39. Leslie Fulton says:

    Disgusting! Like humans don’t already know not to consume this crap! My heart hurts for these poor pups! How do you people sleep at night!

  40. m mitchell says:

    Please stop this is wrong and cruel.

  41. Susan Winkler says:

    This makes my heart hurt! How can they let this happen to those poor innocent dogs.

  42. Cathy Nelson says:

    Nonsense!

  43. Chester Mckeehan says:

    These inhuman tests must be stopped immediately and the dogs released.

  44. Mari Schuyler says:

    Shame on Dow; shame on anyone who works in such a torturous manner with these defenseless animals each day. Animal testing MUST come to an end.

  45. Sandi says:

    Some one needs to stop this.Why isn’t anyone doing anything.People who abuse animals get prison time…..what makes these people any different.Because they have MONEY…..animal abuse is animal abuse….arrest them shut them down and stop this immediately…..why are you waiting.??!!

  46. Lori Blanchong says:

    How does anyone want to work in these places? EVIL

  47. Jo Laird says:

    this is insane cruelty to innocent animals

  48. Kathy says:

    What can be done to help stop this horrific practice? Products should be identified and boycotted.

  49. Kathy Fischer says:

    I feel sick. Stop this now! These poor defenseless pups!

  50. Patty Rasset says:

    For the love of God, STOP THIS NOW!!!

  51. Melanie Weber says:

    This is barbaric and I will never use any product tested on animals.

  52. Fiona says:

    This is so sick and disgusting!! and has really upset me!!! Its got to stop NOW

  53. Allison Bergeron says:

    Please stop this. Its beyond cruel.these poor dogs!!!

  54. Emily says:

    Stop! Please stop hurting animals… None of this is necessary.

  55. Alicia Maire Owen says:

    You ARE the animals Dow corp. Again it’s about the almighty dollar at the expense of the poor defenseless creatures that can not speak for themselves, Shame on you and your company. I will not support DOW and their products. Just horrible to watch this happen.

  56. Alexandra wise-brogna says:

    Stop this !

  57. Tracey Eismont says:

    Disgusting that this type of thing is being done still!!

  58. Tiffany Lane says:

    This is absolutely cruel and no need to test on ANY animals, especially sweet innocent dogs 😡 There has to be a STOP put to this immediately.

  59. William McDaniel says:

    This has to stop. Replace the dogs with politicans and make it a movie to entertain us.

  60. Layla says:

    How can I help more?

  61. Chris Morgan says:

    This is horrifying! Dow Chemical has chosen to continue this testing to satisfy Brazilian regulatory authorities. They do have a choice, they have chosen profit over life. This makes me sick.

  62. Trish says:

    Stop the abuse!!!! How about you let us use you as a test subject!!! This is so sad and painful!!! Let these dogs run free!!! What kind of human can do this and watch the suffering!! Let us SAVE these dogs !!

  63. Charles Flynn says:

    I’m trying to find the page to sign the petion but no luck . I say let’s put those d## scum in cages test on them !!!! I have a service dog and would take a bullet for him any day BELIEVE ME… also I went to humane society .org but can’t find where to sign the petition.

  64. Joshua Hinderliter says:

    Why is this still happening

  65. Klynn says:

    The breeders need to be put out of business as well. There are laws against animal abuse and people are punished for it. Why are these companies allowed to abuse these animals? Of course the answer is money like everything else in our society. I disagree with the people who say they should test on prisoners. No human or animal should be subjected to such cruelty. Our own government has tested on the military, African Americans, mentally ill people etc. We have to learn from the past and not repeat it. Animal testing needs to be banned outright.

  66. Mira Mizga says:

    Please, STOP this horrible, unhumane animal testing!!!!!who gave you rights take those poor dogs lives? Who are you? Evil people with no mercy, you are doing evil job!!!! How dare you call yourselves humans? How can you work in place like this one? Shame on all of you. STOP, STOP, STOP

  67. Yesenia says:

    You guys are pathetic. Believe that humans aren’t the same as animals yet this happens for human purposes and so called “cures”. This needs to stop!

  68. Sue says:

    If we all start boycotting there products maybe this barbaric treatment of animals will stop. I will never buy another one of their products again. These people are the animals. How can they look themselves in the mirror each day and continue this outrageous treatment of innocent animals. They should all be fined and jailed for animal abuse. Just a disgusting company.

  69. Sally Walsh says:

    Please end this horrible practice with mans best friend and release these dogs.

  70. Elle says:

    Horrific, sad, pitiful, unconscionable cruelty. You can do better for these helpless animals. Put a stop to this right away. Every life matters more than chemicals or greed. You make more than the dogs deathly ill. Boycott them and spread this knowledge for change.

  71. Laura Barley says:

    Is there a protest scheduled for March 17th at Charles River?

  72. Maria says:

    This is absolutely horrible! There has to be some other way to test these things without harming animals. why not test ot on themselves first and see how it goes? Then maybe they will see how cruel this is to do to any animal and they’ll stop! How horrible these people are!

  73. Bev says:

    Here is a link to contact DOW with your opinion that these beagles should be released immediately to HSUS https://www.dow.com/en-us/contact

  74. Vicky Gash says:

    Dear God I hope it is true that this has stopped. This is unthinkable and this should NEVER happen to any animal anywhere! Animal testing is never needed! If this has stopped please I need to know to get some kind of peace about these poor Beagles and other animals finally being rescued . How can they even begin to justify this kind of insanity. HOW? All I can do is cry when I see this and I cannot stand it I can’t stop thinking of it..the suffering……..oh my God in Heaven why?

  75. Harry Huffman says:

    l. This has to stop. They should be ashamed of them selfs.

  76. Jessica N LeClair says:

    I havd signed the petition where can i get one of these to rescue

  77. marywinkel says:

    I will never ever ever buy a dow chemical product again> we must put these labs out of business> they are so disgusting .

  78. Brian O'Neill says:

    Special place in hell? Indubitably. See Dante’s “Divine Comedy”, Inferno section, if you will, and Bosch’s rendering of same and be creative. IMO, the torment/abuse of these dogs and ALL non- human animals on Earth is down there with the abuse of ALL children, women, and men on Earth, of a piece. Shame (and worse) on those guilty of the two. And, yes, I am a vegetarian of 35, or so, years duration.

  79. Cynthia Do says:

    I think it is great that more organizations are agreeing to stop all testing on animals. I wish a lot of the animals that have already suffered could have been saved from all their suffering but thanks to organizations like HSUS things are changing. Animals should only know love, not cruelty. This breakthrough is only because of all the hard work the HSUS has done and never quitting until success was achieved. Hopefully, more places will follow until testing on animals is a thing of the past.

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