Brazilian Activists Liberate 200 Beagles from Drug Test Lab Horror
Animal rights activists raided a Brazilian facility where animals are subjected to horrific drug testing abuses, liberating some 200 Beagle dogs.
The Journal (Ireland) reports the activists stormed a laboratory at the Royal Institute in São Roque, 70 km (43 miles) west of São Paulo, last Thursday.
The dogs were used for testing pharmaceutical drugs and showed signs of abuse. Most had their skins shaven and one was found frozen dead in liquid nitrogen.
Activist Giuliana Stefanini, who participated in the action, said one of the Beagles “was found with no eyes.”
EarthFirst Journal published photos of the rescue operation, reporting that an anti-vivisection protest that began with a dozen or so demonstrators “grew to at least 100 people” prior to the raid on the lab.
Rat fetuses were also reportedly found during the operation.
The activists said they alerted police to the appalling conditions in which the animals at the Royal Institute were being kept captive, but they took no action.
Officials from the lab called the raid and liberation “an act of terrorism.”
Brazilian media also reported lab officials insisted their testing and other activities are monitored by government health officials and comply with international norms.