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Humane Society Frees 4000 Beagles From a Virginia Lab Testing Facility

A historic move by the Humane Society frees 4,000 beagles held by the Envigo facility in Cumberland, Virginia. The facility bred dogs and sold them to laboratories across America for animal experimentation.

The rescue, a coordinated effort between the Humane Society and the District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and the cooperating facility allowed the Humane Society to assume responsibility for the beagles.  In May, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Envigo, saying they violated the Animal Welfare Act. United States inspectors reported many violations against the facility, including these:In response to the violation charges, Inotiv, Inc., which used these dogs for animal experimentation, closed the Virginia dog breeding and research facility that Envigo operated.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Concerned citizens say using dogs for clinical research is common even though there are laws set to protect animals from suffering unnecessarily.

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) became law on August 24, 1966. Currently, it’s the only Federal law that regulates the humane treatment of animals duringOver the years, new standards have been added and updated, but even with these regulations, many people struggle with the moral dilemma of whether laboratory experimentation should include live animals.

According to the Humane Society, the large breeding facility broke one violation after another.  ADVERTISEMENT The Humane Society of the United States frees at-risk animals all the time. They have trained animal rescue teams for situations like this one in Virginia.

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