Victory! 70 Beagles Rescued From Tests!

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In a landmark move, 70 beagles who were imported from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore, are being released to People For Animals and Blue Cross Chennai following rigorous campaigning for their release by PETA India and these groups. The dogs have been removed from quarantine and handed over to animal protection groups with the permission of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and through efforts made internally in government by MP Maneka Gandhi.

The rescue was approved after PETA India notified the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experimentation on Animals that it was falsely stated on an Animal Quarantine & Certification Service document that the dogs were “pets”, rather than for experiments. PETA India also learned that Cathay Pacific Airways, which has a strict policy against transporting animals to laboratories, was misinformed by the supplier, Beijing Marshall Biotechnology Co., Ltd., that the dogs would not be used or killed in a laboratory.

More than fifty thousand people from around the world sent e-mails to authorities calling for the dogs’ release.

“Recently, the Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan flew to Chennai to personally inspect the 70 beagles. PETA commends and thanks Minister Natarajan for giving the serious attention to this case that it deserves”, says PETA India’s Science Policy Advisor, Dr Chaitanya Kumar. “PETA India invites people who are ready to make the lifelong commitment to caring for a dog to adopt these puppies and give them the loving home that they were almost denied.”

Experimenters use beagles because of their friendly and docile nature. Beagles in laboratories spend their lonely lives in cages and are often poisoned with drugs, burned with chemicals or cut open in experimental surgical procedures. At the end of most of these experiments, they are killed and dissected.

Anyone in the Chennai area interested in adopting one of the rescued dogs is invited to contact People For Animals or Blue Cross Chennai.


  • Brien Comerford commented on December 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Great news for the dogs. They are our best friends but we are far too often their biggest enemies.

  • Corrie Foster commented on December 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Well Done PETA India for all your hard work – 70 innocent lives saved!!!!!! And thank you to Minister Natarajan for making the right decision … Seasons greetings to your all from Corrie in Leeds, England

  • Louise Badger commented on December 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Well done PETA for all your work, what wonderful news for Chistmas, many congratulations.

  • Karen Tipping commented on December 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

    This world is a cess pit of cruelty especially for animals, who’s lives are taken, made unbearably miserable, and exploited in every which way by humans.
    For all those guilty of the above remember that KARMA is a bitch !

  • Elliot Avnon commented on December 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm


  • Combier liliane commented on December 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Wonderfull !

  • Donata commented on December 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I’m so happy, a good Christmas news!

  • Helen Jane Burton commented on December 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I only hope there are happy endings for all of them. The trade in animals for vivisection is perhaps the cruellest- all those trusting animals living in fear and pain, for however long it takes……..and the vast majority of tests are NOT for medical research. An evil industry where the cruelty that goes on would be severely prosecuted out here in the real world.

  • Jana Repova commented on December 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you PETA India and Minister Natarajan for all you do for these poor animals! Good job! Thank you very very very much!!!!

  • Patricia Wicker commented on December 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm


  • Aileen Cheetham commented on December 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm


  • PRISCILA CORREGIO commented on December 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm


  • Laura Platt commented on December 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Fantastic news PETA!! Victories like this should be more common place, thank goodness we have you to make all the difference!

    Well done to all involved, keep up the amazing work.

    Merry Christmas! X

  • angela vara commented on December 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm


  • Nina commented on December 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Bravo! A job well done, again!

    I don’t even want to think about the horrible things these beagles would have had to endure

  • gina commented on December 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    That’s wonderful news. I am sure my own beagle, Bertie, is sending happy thoughts to these lucky dogs saved from a life of cruelty torment and pain.

  • Jimena commented on December 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Congratolations!, we can make changes if we keep working on it, it’s so great to listen to good news, so much cruel and awful things, we must keep going, thank you for all the people involved in this victory!!

  • Jessi Brauner commented on December 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm


  • jan wolsey commented on December 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    May they all find happy forever homes. Thank you for being their voice.
    Peace and love to all

  • Nancy commented on December 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Hi, I’m writting from Mexico and I’m very interested to adopt a femmel, I love beagles. In fact i have one and my little girls love him. It’s a member of our family. Plese contact me as soon as posible. Tks. And congrats for save all this little angels and I hope they find a sweet home soon.

  • Ing-Marie commented on December 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm


    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”

    Albert Einstein

    Holiday Greetings from Sweden

  • ANNA MAIETTA commented on December 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    well done peta. keep up the good work everywher, whenever needed. thank you, can you save and rescue all the cats, dogs rabbits, minx fox, etc. from china fur farming. please i am really disturbed at the cruelty. i am sure you can achieve that.

  • Cinnamon Landman commented on December 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you, PETA, for helping to spare 70 beautiful beagles from a life of enduring pain and ultimate death, in experimental laboratories.
    And this only days after I read that you had accomplished the initiation of federal felony charges against the 2 monsters who had been making crush videos for several years, torturing and killing so many animal victims.
    It’s probably already on your agenda, but I agree with Anna Maietta in hoping you can help the animals who die such horrible deaths in the China fur farms, as well as those in the dog and cat meat industries.
    Your organization is truly the *right hand* of God, helping so many victims of subhuman cruelty towards our beloved animals around the world. I know I’m only one of so many animal lovers, who consider PETA a great blessing.

  • anastasia commented on December 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    This is inspiring, makes me cry and i look at my home dog and can’t believe someone can actually torture innocent puppies like her, these dogs are wonderful and friendly, im so happy and thankful to all who signed petitions and made action@
    God Bless

  • Victoria commented on December 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Massive congrats to PETA India and everyone involved in this rescue! Amazing that so many innocent anime have been spared ! Shame on that Chinese company for lying, lets hope they go out of business! X

  • Carole Ritchie commented on December 20, 2012 at 12:59 am

    It gives me hope and much happiness to read this story. Heroes all of you and I send my good wishes to Minister Natarajan.
    From Carole and family in New Zealand.

    I hope these dogs all find wonderful homes and bring much joy into the lives of their new families.

  • SONIA FISHER commented on December 20, 2012 at 9:58 am


  • Charlotte Hill commented on December 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I myself have a beagle, and it makes me sick to my stomach that anyone could harm such a loving animal. Well done PETA for your work, you have made my Christmas!
    From North East England

  • Joanna commented on December 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Amazing news,god bless all of you x

  • Julie Hart commented on December 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Well done PETA, you are an inspiration! So lovely to hear of a happy ending for our wonderful animal companions when so many of them are suffering. They now deserve to live their lives in peace. And thankyou India for giiving this matter urgent attention that these beautiful dogs will not suffer needlessly at the cruel hands of animal experimentation.

  • Claudio Tucci commented on December 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    “Experimenters use beagles because of their friendly and docile nature” – That’s definitely FALSE! Beagle are used because they have the cardiocirculatory system most similar to us.

  • Barbora Kotasová commented on December 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Great job guys!!!! Thank you so much that you do that!!!!

  • Hollie-J commented on January 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Great News!! Well Done Peta India and Everyone involved!! :):):)

  • Maité commented on January 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    So happy…. to see a victory for our friends and thanks to people who understand that we have to preserve and protect animals all over this world !!!!
    change in the best way…

  • Annabel Edwards commented on January 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Brillant news so glad the dogs are going to be found homes. Well done evryone what a fantastic job you are doing.

  • Diana commented on January 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Poor babies….I am so grateful to you, guys, that you saved them. That’s great!!! I am so happy for Beagles

  • Patricia Jerram commented on January 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Well done Peta. You do a remarkable job.

    How grateful we are too you, in saving all those beautiful beagles.

    Also the wonderful work you do each year in the care you give to animals.

  • MARIA SONIA ESTRADA SOLERO commented on January 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm


  • chander kumar soni commented on January 10, 2013 at 9:34 am

    feeling proud.

  • Christine Q commented on January 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Well done all involved in this rescue.

    I sincerely hope Beijing Marshall Biotechnology Co., Ltd., will be prosecuted for giving false information. Probably won’t happen though as the Chinese must be one of the worst offending nations and nationalities when it comes to animal cruelty. Gandhi said ‘A nation is judged by the way it treats it’s animals’ ….. beware China, you will be judged and found wanting !

  • bruna commented on March 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    BRAVO A TOUTE L’EQUIPE PETA !!! et longue vie aux 70 toutous…

  • leite commented on March 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    vous etes formidables je vous aime ouha!!

  • Isabelle LAGUEUX commented on March 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Bravo pour votre action… J’aimerais tellement avoir votre courage. THANK YOU FOR THIS ACTION THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  • Alexandra commented on March 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm


    J ai un beagle et je n’imagine pas que l on puisse faire des expériences sur les animaux!!!Pour moi,c’est un membre de la famille.
    Comment puis je vous aider dans vos actions?

  • weytens michéle commented on March 5, 2013 at 7:01 am

    stop a toute soufrance que les animaux subissent ils ont des sentiment comme nous soyer humain enver tout animal comme vous le ferait avec vos enfants

  • DAVID Nicolle commented on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    bravo à vous tous qui vous battez pour sauver ces chiens des mains de ces sanguinaires !on peut et c’est prouvé faire des expériences en labo et ne pas utiliser des êtres vivants qui souffrent comme nous …mille merci pour eux

  • Chinthana Gopinath commented on May 4, 2013 at 5:36 am

    These beagles were lucky to be rescued BEFORE being experimented up on.
    28 ten year old beagles were rescued in November 2012 from the same laboratory and they all had major health issues, malfunctioning liver, enlarged heart, growth in the prostrate, unexplained marks and lumps all over their bodies… not to mention the look of horror and fear on all their faces.
    An additional 102 beagles were released in February 2013, not sure which lab they are from. My 4 year old little girl from this batch, Sasha. has had her vocal chords severed to prevent her from howling or barking during experimentation.
    I wish strict laws against using these dogs for experimentation get implemented in India.

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