Maryland Passes ‘Beagle Freedom Bill’ to Help Research Dogs Get Adopted

Maryland Passes ‘Beagle Freedom Bill’ to Help Research Dogs Get Adopted

The Maryland General Assembly has passed new legislation that requires research facilities in the state to “take reasonable steps” to adopt out any dogs used in scientific experiments once they are no longer needed.

Named the Beagle Freedom Bill because beagles are the most commonly used dog breed for research, the new law means institutions will have to search for placement of the dogs, or create relationships with animal rescue centers that can help find them new homes.

Up until now, there have been no laws regulating what happens to animals after the testing ends, and animals are routinely euthanized once they are no longer considered useful.

The Rescue Freedom Project (RFP) is an organization dedicated to getting this legislation passed throughout more states in America.

“Voluntary programs like post-research adoption are tenuous at best as policy often changes with personnel,” said Shannon Keith, president of RFP. “The Beagle Freedom Bill will ensure that all dogs and cats that are deemed healthy candidates for adoption always get that chance going forward.”

Five other states have already passed the bill, including Minnesota, California, Nevada, Connecticut and New York.

Although the number of dogs and cats used for research is dropping, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that any new drug must be be tested on animals before it is trialled for humans.

In spite of this requirement, drug testing on animals is inefficient and often impractical. Drugs shown to be safe when tested on animals often still prove toxic or ineffective when used in humans. Many researchers are trying to come up with better testing methods using computer or cell models, so more accurate data can be produced without the cruelty involved in animal testing.

The Baltimore Sun reports that 49 dogs were used for research at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland alone last year. In 2016, a total of 821,000 animals were used for research in the U.S, including 61,000 dogs.

 

 

 

 



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44 Comments

  1. Linda

    Why do they have to do animal testing.?????? These animals are not put on earth for some sadistic scientists do horrific to them. They were not meant for this !!!!????

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  2. Karin parker

    And may all countries/states follow.

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  3. Tatiana Ramos

    Parem d usar animais em testes e sim precisam ser encaminhados a adoção e a população deve ajudar.

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  4. Barbara Rowe

    Thank God they passed this bill no animal should be euthanized
    after all they have done!!! Heartless people!!

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  5. AprilM

    One step forward…….but stop using beagles in experiments! It’s cruel!!!!!!! Stop using any animals in experiments! If something live has to be used………use prisoners!!

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  6. yvonne yetman

    This is good news, but there should never be any testing on any animals in my opinion for any research. It is just not the answer One would think with all the technology there would be other options without hurting any animal It is just shameful. Maybe the steps they should have taken would be to shut down research on these beagles

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  7. Kathleen Simmons

    This is great news. Better news would be that no animal would be used for experiments ever again.

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  8. Anya

    Love you all dogs and animals and Flickr ( photo above). We will keep fighting for your freedom !

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  9. Anya

    Ban all research done on dogs and other animals. Homes, once these dogs are not needed ? The using of dogs and animals in research should be completely BANNED and LOVELY HOMES with LOVE should be found right away for all these dogs and animals. Pass a Law saying no animals are to be used in research of any kind ,

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  10. Marisa Greco

    No dog should be used for any research that’s cruel and abuse and heartless I hope that they close all these places down how could people do such a thing you’re not human you sick and heartless cruel people

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  11. Freda

    There should be “N0 MORE ANIMALS USED FOR TESTING” It’s a useless practice anyway. Things tested on animals are not going to be the same as for humans anyway. So it needs to stop. We complain about puppy mills, where do you think these research facilities get these dogs from ??? Their keeping the puppy mills in business , so this would be another way to help put puppy mills out of business too. If I was sick and there was no medication except something that hadn’t been tested , let them test it on me. I think most of the drugs we get are being tested on us anyway so why put the poor animals through hell when were already sick and the only way they’re ever going to know how it works is to test it on us.

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  12. cindi scholefield

    Watching little beagles who have been used in laboratories when they first step onto the grass in the sunlight is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

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  13. Linda Merideth

    A HUGE thank you to everyone who worked so tirelessly for God knows how many years to get this bill passed!! On behalf of the animals, I thank you!

    I pray for the day when NO animals will be used for testing! The fact that this still happens speaks volumes! STOP using all animals for testing!

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  14. Stephanie

    These dogs deserve better!!!! Please help these babies they feel too!!!!

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  15. Charles Daniel

    WTF? : ” In 2016, a total of 821,000 animals were used for research in the U.S, including 61,000 dogs.” Used for testing what? How can this be true in 2018 still? When is this BS gonna stop?

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  16. Margaret

    This is such great news. Now, if we could only get researchers to totally cease torturing animals, it would be a truly joyous movement toward teaching humans to really care for all life.

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  17. UNIQUE

    THIS IS ANOTHER WONDERFUL STORY. NOW WE NEED TO ADOPT ALL THE
    DOGS OUT OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATIONS HOSPITALS AND GIVE
    THEM A FREE HAPPY WONDERFUL HOME.

    VETERANS GO TO THE VA AND ADOPT A DOG AND MAKE HIM OR HER A
    SERVICE DOG FOR YOURSELF.

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  18. Margaret

    There are many human drugs that are toxic to dogs for example Tylenol. Can’t help but wonder how many beneficial drugs are discarded because they don’t work on animals and how many drugs that work on animals are toxic to humans. Other places have found better way to test drugs should that not be a clue?

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    • UNIQUE

      MARGARET,

      WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA. PEOPLE SHOULD NOT GIVE THEIR
      ANIMALS ANY TYPE OF DRUGS WITHOUT FIRST SEEING A VET.

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  19. Erin Kennedy

    Hell on Earth for Animals! Senseless, Wasteful Torture on Taxpayers’ Millions! And for what? So, Universities and Laboratories Can Hide Behind “Research” which Never Proves Anything We Don’t Already Know! Most of It is Just Blood Curdling Pain Inflicted on the Innocent By Monsters Parading Around as Humans.

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  20. Erin Kennedy

    Hell on Earth for Animals! Senseless, Wasteful Torture on Taxpayers’ Millions! And for what? So, Universities and Laboratories Can Hide Behind “Research” which Never Proves Anything We Don’t Already Know! Most of It is Just Blood Curdling Pain Inflicted on the Innocent By Monsters Parading Around as Humans.

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  21. Carol Anderberg

    ENOUGH OF THE SO CALLED RESEARCH. WE PETITION SIGNERS HAVE READ THE HORRIFIC STORIES AND THERE IS NO JUSTICE HERE FOR THE BEAGLES, WHO ARE SUBJECT TO THE WORST TESTS, AND I HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN A POSITIVE ANSWER TO THE HUMAN RACE. WHAT IS IT CALLED WHEN YOU DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND THE ANSWER IS THE SAME? ………………………………………..

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  22. Shannon

    There shouldn’t be animal testing in the first place – can we get animal testing abolished!

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  23. Hollie

    Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to get this new law passed. I have called, signed petitions and made donations and as I can see we have made a difference.

    Thank you!!

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  24. Debra A Gannon

    They should be testing on death row inmates.. We pay for them to stay in prison an we should have a say in what happens to them. Using defenseless animals is disgusting and useless. Use the useless people that are awaiting death anyway.

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  25. DIANE WEIR

    Those figures are staggering to me (and sickening) so much for “mans best friend” eh??

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  26. Ronald R. Chmiel

    I think it should be mandatory NOT taking reasonable steps for research places to place the pooches with reputable dog adoption agencies. My rescue beagle was my life… according to the raid papers and medical lab papers she was used for all sorts of experiments and made to have puppies… we both saved each other I had her for 18 years. He name was Molly. she did not bark, was afraid of all animals. Like it was bred out of her. She gone now. I will always love her. She gave me the best and greatest undivided love and attention. No strings attached. PLEASE ADOPT ONE NOW !!!!!

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  27. Sheila Burk

    This is so disgusting!! If the testing doesn’t hold any water then why use animals at all?? Use convicted criminals on death row. Have them sign a waiver that is what they want to do before they are put to death. More humane that way, then to use it on animals and it is not even worth the testing!!!

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  28. Ellen

    If you wouldn’t want it done to you, it certainly should not be done to an innocent. That we have a history of socially acceptable torture of animals for our own benefit says a lot about our character as a species.

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  29. Diane Foubert

    This is just a step to a cruelty free world

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  30. brenda jacobs

    Why oh why should these innocent beaut iful dogs be used in this disgraceful cruel way? Please allow thwm to be adopted!

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  31. brenda jacobs

    Why oh why should these innocent beaut iful dogs be used in this disgraceful cruel way? Please allow thwm to be adopted!

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  32. Leanne

    Here’s and idea how about the reseachers use themselves or USDA personnel as research test subjects. Bravo Maryland, California and the other states mentioned for introducing a law that requires research facilities to find places for these dogs to go to once they are no longer needed. 🐶🐕🐩🐾

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  33. Luana Duncan

    I believe their should b no testing on any animals!! Who is the USDA to say it must b tested on animals first!! Screw them!! Maybe they should have one of their kids as a testing object!!

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    • susan

      In medical school, one of the most dreadful experiences was cutting up beagles to watch their hearts beat. I prayed they would bring them out of anesthesia and save him, but I suspect what they did was much more barbaric. Probably was over 30 innocent, lovely beagles

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      • Tisa

        Oh my gosh! That is horrible. I hope they have stopped that hideous teaching method. I’m sure there are so many bad things that go on that we have no idea about.
        I wish everyone would have a conscience – a kind conscience.

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    • Sheila Burk

      I agree especially if the test would have different and toxic outcomes even with the testing!!!

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      • Dawn Spencer

        Speaking to some humans here; where is your shame? Stupid is bad but cruelty is unforgivable. Get a job.

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