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Ten hours later, a facebook page for adopting one of the 178 beagles rescued was created. Four days later, there are 300,000 fans of this page (see link above). Today there is a protest in front of the lab. The protests in June and July in this country were largely organized through social media. I am amazed always at its power here.
As for the beagles, their future is in limbo. It all depends on judicial process. I admit to more than a little naivete on animal testing--I had thought that it was pretty much forbidden on anything larger than rats (note the beagles are submitted to testing only after rats have been tested). But of course, that is shutting my eyes to the anti-venoms produced by horses being injected with snake, scorpion and spider venom. What do you choose? Drugs tested and produced with human tests or with animals? Which is worth more? Would you choose a dog over making a safe cancer drug for children?
I don't have an answer, and it is hard to judge who is right in this one. But as my 13 year old labrador retriever snoozes by me, himself a miracle dog surviving only through the use of drugs (he is a cancer, epilepsy, canine tick disease and pancreatitis survivor), I know that his existence is allowed only through sacrificing other animals to the tests. It's not a comfortable feeling.
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