Victory: Dow AgroSciences ends pesticide test on beagles following HSUS undercover investigation

By on March 18, 2019 with 70 Comments

Testing on 36 beagles at a Michigan animal testing lab has ended. Following the release of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States last week, Dow AgroSciences (Corteva AgriScience) today announced that it has ended a one-year pesticide test on the dogs at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan.

We applaud Corteva for making the right decision by ending the test and urge them to work with us to get the dogs out of the laboratory and to our shelter and rescue partners so that they can be adopted into loving homes. The company has been a valuable partner to us in the past on important measures to decrease animal testing and we hope that we can work with them on a happy ending for these dogs.

This is a huge win for our Animal Research Issues campaign and for our investigations team, which worked hard to expose the cruelty dogs are subjected to in animal testing labs, as well as for our Humane Society International team, which mediated to get a waiver from Brazil for the Corteva pesticide test.

Today’s victory would also not be possible without you, our followers. Thousands of you shared the blog and other HSUS communications on the investigation, and took action calling on Dow to release the beagles. Join us today as we celebrate this important win, for the beagles and for our global battle against animal testing.

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  1. Janice Fisher says:

    Thank you HSUS. Thank you for public education through undercover investigations and for all of the animal-friendly legislation that you have spearheaded and gotten enacted across the country. You have been invaluable to us in NJ. Brian Hackett, the NJ director, is an incredible, tireless champion of animals in our state.

    • Kathleen M.williams says:

      I was horrified seing those beautiful beagles.The look in there eyes haunt me today..I’m forever grateful to you Humane society of the US..for stopping this finally.
      My words are not coming out right…I’m so thankful to you!!!!!!!! ❣🐾❣🐾❣🐾

    • Jan Gavin says:

      This is such a wonderful achievement

  2. Cindy Gibson says:

    Noe5 check out the Beagle Lab near Wooster Ohio. It has been known to put them down do to tests gone ary.

  3. Natalie says:

    Can you tell us what will happen to the Beagles? Will the Beagle freedom project be involved?

    • Barbara says:

      Please please help the other animals to. Cats are house pets as well and do not deserve to be treated as lab specimens.

    • Karina says:

      Read the articel, it says there what the plan is, jezz🙄 Stop wasting everyones time🙄

    • Connie says:

      For some reason the hsus stopped communicating with the beagle freedom rescue people. They can best take care and find proper homes for these poor animals. I don’t know why hsus won’t do the smart thing.

  4. Jessica says:

    This is great news! I live 10min from this place. I wish it would be shut down completely. Maybe someday.
    Please take note that they also have several other species of animals in that place. Monkeys, rats, pigs, cats…they need a voice too! Let’s not let off the throttle without making sure all of them are safe. I hate to think of the torture the rest of them are going through.

    • Pam says:

      AGREE WITH YOU JESSICA,,,,GET ALL THESE CRITTERS OUT AND SAFE!!!!!! LETS B VOICE FOR ALL

    • Victoria Brooks says:

      Yes what about the rest of the animals in their lab? They must be rescued to stop the torture! DOW is lower than rotting garbage! Their labs need to be closed down for good! Everyone involved needs to go to prison for animal abuse!!

      • Donna says:

        Why would they test that on a dog to begin with. Total stupidity.

      • Nancy says:

        I agree 100% , with all the products that are labeled not tested on animals, I want to know why they have to do it at all? It’s vulgar and needs to end, how could you possibly work there seeing this cruel act??

      • Shirley Alberts says:

        I agree!

      • Mira Mizgala says:

        During War World 2 Hitler was testing people…now Dow continue this crime job on innocent animals. Horrible!!! those people are educated( I m not talking about those technicians) have degree from science…but have no mercy. For me, they are just simple criminals. BELOW ZERO!!!! Technicians are idiots, they would kill for $. If somebody can torture or kill an animal can kill human too!!! Don’t you think? why do they have to use any animal for so called “testing”?

    • Luanne says:

      Jessica, I agree with you the other animals need a voice as well especially when test are being done on these animals that are not necessarily for the advancement of science. I’m at a lost as to why they would even call themselves scientists. My heart breaks.

    • Linda says:

      The only way this Michigan Animal Testing Lab can stop doing testing for all other animals is to completely shutdown because this is what they do. I do not think there is anyway to do humane testing on these poor animals….

    • Shirley says:

      I agree! All animal experimentation must be stopped!

    • Jan Gavin says:

      Yes make sure every single animals are released. This time with all of the technology available animals do not need to be used for testing. Please investigate ALL ANIMALS USED

      • Alena says:

        maybe they just need some foundation (millions of dollars) for their experiments……..instead of doing something productive. Wonder whether government agrees to use money for such things….even if they may be some other options.

  5. Dolores Scozzesi says:

    Where do the beagles go now????

    • Sandy says:

      The blog said they will go to rescues to be adopted. Read it for more information.

    • Carrie Sonneborn says:

      Exactly my question! They MUST go to a reputable organization, such as Kindness Ranch in Wyoming, that rehabilitates and finds homes for retired research animals.

  6. Brian O'Neill says:

    Good they let these innocent, loving dogs be free from the pain. Thanks, HSUS. However, a plague and shame on them for doing it in the first place. Shame.

  7. Sandy says:

    The blog said they will go to rescues to be adopted. Read it for more information.

  8. In resident says:

    Yes. This is a super great victory for the beagles. Now they can b adopted & b in their forever 🏡.
    I hope the authorities shut that testing facility down & others all over the US.

  9. Judy says:

    HSUS, what about the additional animals that are there?

  10. Valerie V. says:

    Thank God there will be no more cruel, inhumane testing on these precious lives. Will the beagles go to rescues and shelters immediately? They so deserve a chance for a happy and torture-free life of love and kindnesss. These poor abused animals can’t speak up for themselves so we must help them with all our might to fight for a life of freedom and love.

  11. Valerie V. says:

    Thank you for all the amazing work you do to protect our four legged babies.

  12. Cel says:

    Is this permanently,??they will never do any animal testing again.??proof needs shown these labs are shut down.!!

  13. Tami Wise says:

    Thats a good question, we want to be kept in the loop of things to come for these dogs all the way to their furever home. Allowing for healing time, behavioral time then adoption time. I am sure these dogs need some medical attention mentally and physically. But we gotta keep updated or its lost in the shuffle

  14. Teresa Lynne Davenport says:

    All animals need to be released from any and all animals testing. Hooray that the beagles are safe now in Michigan, but what about other states?. Thank you Humane Society for saving those beagles

  15. Mandy says:

    Thank god, thank you so much for your effort!!!. My heart bleeding when i read the previous news earlier. Almost cried when i read Harvey’s sad story

  16. Nikole says:

    What happens now to these dogs. Pittiful;!!! Thats this has gone on and will continue so for many more yet to be discovered.
    Would love to offer my services to help them recover

  17. Joseph Quijano says:

    Excellent news

    • Elizabeth heerdt says:

      Bravo HSUS ..PLEASE WHERE ARE THESE 36 DOGS …WHO HAS THEM ..THISE DOGS YHE LOOK OF HORROR ON THEIR FACES HAUNTS ME ..PLEASE UPDATE WHERE ARE THEY NOW…ARE THEY OUT AND SAFE

  18. Jan says:

    More detailed info is needed. Was the experiment really ended early due to the HSUS investigation, OR was the experiment just happen to be ending at the same time the report was released because that would be convenient for the HSUS to seem like the hero’s. Also, this article states that the HSUS “urges them to work with us to get the dogs out of the lab and adopted into loving homes”. That to me says it’s not definite that the dogs will be released to rescue groups. Is this publicity for HS?

    • Jennifer says:

      Seriously Jan ! The Humane Society of the United States does a terrific job.
      Maybe you should follow some of their other investigations.

  19. Diane says:

    I’ll feel better when I know the dogs are out of there. I have been involved in animal rescue for over 31 years and, unfortunately, don’t get my hopes up right away. I don’t have a dog right now and would adopt one of these dogs if I was found acceptable to the humane society. Am so grateful for all they have done so far!

  20. Wayne Hocking says:

    PLEASE Continue to boycott Dow DuPont products .
    This torture that this company administered to these innocent beagles was unimaginable.
    They say they are going to stop the testing and unfortunately many of them have had such high doses of these deadly chemicals they will most likely die now.
    This is totally unacceptable.
    And these nasty wicked people that could even insert a tube down a animals throat knowing the pain it’s suffering should definitely be fired.
    Very sedistic.
    Dow needs to stop animal testing on any living creature.
    We want proof of the release of the 36 beagles stat .
    Thanks to the undercover investigation the humane Society and TV stations.
    No credit to anyone from Dow or affiliated with Dow for they’re evil actions.
    Boycott Dow DuPont
    Release the 36 Beagles TODAY

    • Irena says:

      How do we boycott? They sell to farmers, don’t they? Care to provide a list of some of the companies they sell to? If we stop buying from them until they stop buying from dow that might work but it will take another awareness campaign to make a difference.

  21. Cassandra Weis says:

    I’ve been following this story and posting for signatures. I was so excited to read the news yesterday. I hope I can find out where they will be going, would love to try to adopt one.

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you so much for your interest in the beagles. It is our hope that they will be released soon! One of our HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners, Michigan Humane Society, has agreed to take all of the dogs in for evaluation and they stand ready to do so at any time. They will be working with their network of partners in Michigan to ensure that the beagles find safe and loving homes. You can stay up to date on which shelters take in these special dogs if you are interested in adopting one by following the HSUS Facebook page as a start.

  22. Lisa Jee says:

    I am in tears as I read this victorious story about release of these poor, helpless, innocent Beagles… Since this news broke-out, I’ve made some changes in my life. I am now more aware of lab testings on animals and am trying to go cruelty-free on everything I purchase, for myself and for my family. Thank you to the HSUS for your hard work and please continue doing what you do until there are no more animals to rescue! Question, how do we go about adopting these Beagles?

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you so much for your interest in the beagles. It is our hope that they will be released soon! One of our HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners, Michigan Humane Society, has agreed to take all of the dogs in for evaluation and they stand ready to do so at any time. They will be working with their network of partners in Michigan to ensure that the beagles find safe and loving homes. You can stay up to date on which shelters take in these special dogs if you are interested in adopting one by following the HSUS Facebook page as a start.

  23. Al says:

    Thanks HSUS. I live in Michigan. How can I adopt one of the rescued Beagles from the labs?

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you so much for your interest in the beagles. It is our hope that they will be released soon! One of our HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners, Michigan Humane Society, has agreed to take all of the dogs in for evaluation and they stand ready to do so at any time. They will be working with their network of partners in Michigan to ensure that the beagles find safe and loving homes. You can stay up to date on which shelters take in these special dogs if you are interested in adopting one by following the HSUS Facebook page as a start.

  24. Jackie says:

    Let’s do the same testing on humans instead and see how quickly that gets shut down. This is absolutely disgusting. Cruel human beings. Thank you HSUS for everything you have worked so hard for.

  25. Katie Straka says:

    How can someone live with themselves going to work to torture innocent trusting animals ? SICK. I wish to God I never had watched the video . I signed the petition last week as soon as I saw it and I shared it . I thought maybe the video was going to show these poor dogs in their freedom walk. I am sick after watching that. Poor sweet Harvey and all the other dogs . I hope and pray you follow up and really make sure the dogs are released to the Humane Society . I don’t trust anyone that can do these atrocious things 😡🥵 PLEASE please follow up with this lab and make sure these innocents get their freedom walk and not a lethal injection ! Please !

  26. Lisa Blanck says:

    Thanks to HSUS. if you want more info on helping animals in labs, check out the White Coat Waste Project.

  27. Gary Aasved says:

    Us as a private citizen would be fined & thrown in jail for that, like the guy here in Isabella county that got deserved jail time for injuring & killing his dog! What makes them people so special & seems immune to prosecution! And beagles, the nicest easy going dog their is!

  28. LISA says:

    I am SOOOOO excited to see they are shutting down this experiment! It was EVIL and i worried over poor HARVEY.. his sad eyes were pleading with us to HELP HIM! I hope he gets well and can find a loving home along with all the other beagles! I hope all the test animals get OUT of that place! It is inhumane and DISGUSTING! THANKS FOR MAKING THIS PETITION WORK!

  29. Wayne Hocking says:

    PLEASE
    Get these beautiful beagles out of this inhumane place TODAY.
    I pray you give the public a follow up ASAP.
    This story is constantly on my mind.
    I would definitely give one of the innocent babies a forever home here in Georgia.
    PLEASE continue to boycott DOW products until there is proof these beagles that survive after being poisoned are released.
    I cannot use Dow products again after this .
    An apology does not even come close to doing justice to this inhumane treatment.
    Let’s all continue to stand together on this story please please please

  30. Wayne Hocking says:

    Is there any proof that Dow has stopped the torture on these Beagles .
    Just because they say it.
    Let’s see the proof.
    If we do not see action I think as many people as possible should go out front of this lab with signs saying Release the Beagles.
    Boycott Dow.
    I would definitely come just to hold a sign.

  31. Linda Keith says:

    Thank you so much! Please keep us updated on how they are doing.

  32. Amber Atkins says:

    I would be interested in adopting. I’m in MI and can be there within two hours. We have raised beagles and only rescue. We currently have a 12 year old girl that could teach them how to be a dog. We have a fenced in yard and walk most days, weather permitting. We don’t crate after training. We have a wonderful vet a mile away who is well equipped to handle the complications that might come with such an adoption, as are we. I’ve followed the Beagle Freedom Project and have been thinking of adding my name to the list of adopters. We’re willing to sign whatever releases necessary to take one of these dogs home. I’ve reached out to the local humane society and SCPA but neither have any info as of yet. Trying not to be discouraged that no more info has been released about their release. I know sometimes BFP has to take them quietly and not disclose where they came from or the testing that was done on them so I am thinking this might be a similar situation, in which case the dogs may be taken far away for a “fresh” start. Seems like a shame when some of us locally would love to rescue one.

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you so much for your interest in the beagles. It is our hope that they will be released soon! One of our HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners, Michigan Humane Society, has agreed to take all of the dogs in for evaluation and they stand ready to do so at any time. They will be working with their network of partners in Michigan to ensure that the beagles find safe and loving homes. You can stay up to date on which shelters take in these special dogs if you are interested in adopting one by following the HSUS Facebook page as a start.

  33. Steve says:

    I can not say how grateful I am to hear these tests on the beagles have ended. I can’t imagine how anyone can go to work and receive a paycheck for doing this type of testing. I hope the dogs can get removed quickly and checked out for any health issues. There has to be other ways of testing besides subjecting animals to this kind of abuse. Much respect for the undercover people responsible for making this testing end!

  34. Jordyn says:

    I am so ever thankful and glad that those poor beagles are being released !! When I first saw the video I cried and cried. The cruelty that was being done to them was just absolute horrible. Moving forward how can I go about adopting one ??? I want to save a beagle by bringing it home to a safe place. Any answers would be great and appreciated. Serious inquiry!

  35. Kristin Boyd says:

    I’d love to adopt one of these beagles if they are rescued.

  36. Ed Stepec says:

    I had numerous calls to the White House and then wrote a letter to Melania Trump, in her own native tongue. Her home in Slovenia is near my fathers and I asked for her support to end animal testing. I provided her names and the link to the HSUS article. I will continue down this path until we get this right.

  37. Chris says:

    Please let us know when the Beagles are safely off the lab property.

    I remember a video I saw some years ago of similar tests at another lab, can’t remember where Andy who produced it. But tubes were being shoved down animals’ throats and a technician was heard muttering “We’re going to go to hell for this.”

    The Beagles have already been there.

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