Humane Society asks Michigan lab to adopt out dogs it says are killed after experiments

    The Humane Society says beagles are trapped in a cage for one year and force-fed fungicide. (The Humane Society of the United States)

    The Humane Society of the United States is asking a lab in Michigan to adopt out dogs that it claims are killed after experiments.

    HSUS claims beagles and hounds that are used in toxicity tests for pesticides, drugs, dental implants and other products at a lab in Michigan are suffering and dying.

    An HSUS investigator documented nearly two dozen short-term and long-term experiments commissioned by Corteva and claims they saw dogs killed at the end of studies, and others suffering for months including 36 gentle beagles being tested for a Corteva Agriscience pesticide.

    HSUS says the lab force-feed a fungicide to beagles for a year, with some dogs being subjected to very high doses. Those who survive until the designated end date of the study in July will be killed. This investigation was carried out at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan.

    The animal rights group says the United States government eliminated this test as a requirement more than 10 years ago and nearly all countries throughout the world have followed suit through efforts that have been led by Humane Society International in cooperation with members of the industry.

    “The disturbing findings at this facility are sadly not unique," said Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and prsident of Humane Society International. "Experiments are happening at hundreds of laboratories each year throughout the country, with more than 60,000 dogs suffering. But that does not have to be the fate for these 36 beagles. For months, we have been urging Dow to end the unnecessary test and release the dogs to us. We have gone to considerable lengths to assist the company in doing so, but we simply cannot wait any longer; every single day these caged dogs are being poisoned and are one day closer to being killed. We must turn to the public to join us in urging Dow to stop the test immediately and to work with us to get these dogs into suitable homes."

    HSUS says during their 2018 investigation at Charles River Laboratories, they learned that Dow AgroSciences had contracted for a one-year chronic pesticide test on 36 beagles. When they contacted Dow about the tests, they did not deny the fact that Dow AgroSciences had contracted with Charles River for the tests. A February 2019 joint letter the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Dow AgroSciences wrote to the Brazilian government agency that approves pesticides includes the Dow AgroSciences logo, which the company provided to HSUS.

    Corteva Agriscience (referred to in our investigation report) is the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, but it is Dow AgroSciences and not Corteva that commissioned the test. Dow is trying to distance its well-known name from the test. The HSUS stands by its naming of Dow AgroSciences as responsible for the test, which will result in the deaths of 36 beagles by July 2019 if they are not released to the HSUS.

    Corteva has independently operated the Agriculture division of DowDuPont for the past two years as part of the pending separations from the Dow/DuPont merger.

    Corteva Agriscience emailed ABC7:

    We conduct animal testing only when such testing is mandated by regulatory authorities and we proactively engage with government official about minimizing or ceasing animal studies, where possible.
    We have been working closely with the Humane Society of the U.S. for many months to encourage Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA) to amend its animal test requirements for pesticides. Once we are given certainty that the requirement is no longer required, we will stop the study immediately. Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, is committed to animal welfare and the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) as core principles of toxicological research. In the interim, we continue to ensure that where regulations require the use of animals, all applicable welfare guidelines, laws, regulations and licensing requirements are met.
    Gregg M. Schmidt
    External Communications
    Corteva Agriscience™
    Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

    Corteva Agriscience also posted this on Twitter:

    Earlier this month the Humane Society of the United States released an undercover investigation showing the plight of dogs in a laboratory being dosed with pesticides and drugs. Over the span of the nearly 100 days, an investigator documented nearly two dozen experiments that involved tests on dogs. The investigator saw dogs killed at the end of studies, and others suffering for months including 36 gentle beagles being tested. The company behind the experiments has now agreed to stop the testing on these dogs.
    “We applaud Dow AgroSciences (Corteva AgriScience) for making the right decision by ending the one-year pesticide test on 36 beagles at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan. This is a significant step that is critical to the welfare of the dogs. We now urge Corteva 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,” says Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

    ABC7 reached out to Americans for Medical Progress based in Washington, D.C. in regards to the HSUS investigation and AMP emailed:

    All Americans love animals which is why we are naturally conflicted when we see images of animals in labs. At the same time, we simply cannot forget that animals play an irreplaceable role in health research. Humans and animals are impacted by many of the same diseases. Therefore, studying them helps us develop treatments that can be used in both human and veterinary medicine. 95 percent of all animal research involves rodents, but in very rare cases, dogs must be studied. When viewing this video, it’s important to note what we do see and what we do not. We see employees dedicated to ensuring animals are treated with respect and kindness. We do not see abuse or mistreatment. We should also not forget that this video was shot and edited by an organization with an agenda.
    Perhaps the biggest lesson learned from this video is the recognition that Americans need to better understand how new treatments are developed. The science community must do more to help the public realize the critical role of animal studies in combatting serious diseases. We also need to demonstrate the tremendous efforts taken to ensure that lab animals are treated well.
    Jim Newman
    Director of Strategic Communications
    Americans for Medical Progress
    Washington, DC

    Dow Chemical also posted this on Twitter:

    For further details on the HSUS investigation click here.

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