It appears that it is legal and approved of to use Beagle dogs and ferrets as part of a scientific and lab research program. At least a couple of schools in the United Kingdom have been given the approval to do just that for needless research and animal testing. There are many other non-animal options for research that would not subject the Beagles and ferrets to harmful confinement, prodding, poking and unnatural treatment associated with testing and lab research.
Read the full story at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/facility-for-breeding-beagles-for-lab-testing-approved-how-you-can-help/. Two known schools in the UK are currently freely using these animals in the name of science for lab testing and other scientific research. These animals are not placed on this earth to be used as pin cushions and experiments. There are other safe and effective alternatives to animal testing. Most people would be appalled if they only knew the abuse the Beagles and ferrets endure as part of research and testing. So it is a wonder why a facility in East Yorkshire was given the approval to carry on such work, along with one that already exists in Cambridge shire. The poor animals are even bred at these places for the sole purpose of becoming test subjects in the name of science.
The management at these places state that the animals are not harmed in any way but a spokesperson for an animal advocate group clearly states that “Beagles can be force fed chemicals and drugs in capsules or via plastic tubes inserted through their mouths, directly into their stomach or strapped into a harness for hours at a time while substances are pumped directly into their bloodstream. Animals can suffer adverse effects that result in vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lethargy. Some dogs may become so ill that they either die or have to be euthanized for welfare purposes.”
Our purpose in this petition is to urge a full ban on the use of Beagles, Ferrets and any animals as part of medical testing and research in the UK. You can help us in our efforts by signing and sharing this petition globally. Be a voice for all these sweet animals and ensure they are kept safe and out of any research, schools or medical labs, permanently!
UK Parliament Members & the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare - We strongly urge you to place a full ban on the use of beagles, ferrets and any other animal for the purpose of research, medical testing, school studies or any other exams in the name of science! These animals are not meant for this cruel type of testing; demand any and all of these facilities in the UK opt for non-animal methods for effective but safer options in studies and research!