Harlan is the UK’s last remaining breeder of beagles for use in experiments.
The company owns several UK-based sites, two of which house beagles. Their Cambridgeshire site breeds beagles for sale to laboratories and universities whilst their Loughborough site keeps ‘donor beagles’ (these dogs have their blood regularly drained and sold to laboratories).
We are calling for the closure of both the Cambridge and Loughborough sites or, at the very least, an immediate public enquiry into Harlan’s care and treatment of beagles.
In 2011, Harlan was exposed for animal cruelty and neglect in The Sunday Times; a former employee reported seeing staff punching and kicking beagles, shaving profanities into their fur, and daubing their faces with felt tips. He also revealed how the dogs – kept in dirty, cramped pens – grow so frightened and frustrated, they fight to the death or self-harm.
Harlan beagles will NEVER see daylight or breathe fresh air, except when they are transported to laboratories across the world.
It is inside these laboratories that ‘man’s best friend’ is tortured and mutilated in cruel experiments. Most beagles will have been experimented on several times before dying (if the tests don’t kill them, they are euthanised).
The breeding of beagles for use in experiments is morally reprehensible and testing human medicines on animals = outdated, fallible science.
In 2010, at least 11% of the 3.7 million scientific procedures on living animals were not carried out in the name of advancing human health but instead were conducted – without the use of anaesthetic – to test the toxicity of chemicals, including household products.
Visit the official SAVE THE HARLAN BEAGLES website www.savetheharlanbeagles.com