Golgowski N. “Chemical Company Agrees To Stop Force-Feeding Beagles With Fungicide” Huffington Post, March 2019
Three dozen beagles slated for euthanization after being force-fed agricultural chemicals in a yearlong study at a Michigan lab will be retired and offered homes, the chemical company behind the tests said.
Corteva Agriscience, a division of DowDuPont, said on Monday that it will stop the study and “make every effort to rehome the animals.”
The company’s announcement followed a Humane Society of the United States petition drive that collected more than 300,000 signatures. A Humane Society undercover investigation produced disturbing photos and videos of the dogs, which researchers intended to put to death once the study of a fungicide’s toxicity was completed.
“Over the span of the nearly 100 days, an investigator documented nearly two dozen experiments that involved tests on dogs,” the Humane Society said. “The investigator saw dogs killed at the end of studies, and others suffering for months including 36 gentle beagles being tested for a Dow AgroSciences pesticide.”
BREAKING: Dow AgroSciences (@corteva) announced it has ended the dog test we recently exposed in our undercover investigation. We are grateful they have taken this step, & hope they will work with us to re-home the animals so they get to experience life outside of a laboratory. pic.twitter.com/Kf6ewQITTT— The Humane Society of the United States (@HumaneSociety) 18 March 2019
“We applaud Corteva for making the right decision by ending the test and urge them 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,” the Humane Society said in a statement following the company’s announcement.
Corteva has previously acknowledged “there are better ways to attain the data needed” than by forcing beagles to ingest agricultural fungicides. But it said the testing on dogs was required by Brazilian regulators.
The company on Monday said Brazil authorities had issued a waiver allowing the study to stop. This followed the company’s collaboration with the Humane Society, it said.