Shocking footage from inside a Michigan laboratory reveals the brutal methods used on dozens of dogs being force-fed fungicide during a year long animal testing experiment.
Some 36 beagles at Charles River Laboratories in Mattawan, Michigan, are being subjected to a year-long toxicity study on behalf of an agricultural chemicals company looking to test their new fungicide.
The beagles who do not survive until the designated end date of the study in July this year, will be put down so their organs can be examined for damage.
Dozens of beagles, including this one named Harvey, were used in a number of studies, including for drugs and a fungicide, at the Charles River Laboratory in Mattawan, Michigan
Charles River Laboratory carried out tests on dogs for at least 25 companies during the time of the HSUS investigation, including one which saw beagles have their chest cavities opened and filled with drugs. Pictured is one of the dogs used for that study
A tube is forced down a beagle’s throat to pump a migraine drug directly into his stomach in a dosing method called gavage
The video was filmed during an undercover investigation by animal rights organisation Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) between April and August last year.
It shows the animals at the start of a year-long study commissioned by chemicals company Dow AgroSciences, which involces force-feeding a fungicide to the 36 beagles.
Some dogs are being subjected to very high doses – so high that up to four capsules had to be shoved down their throats.
HSUS says Dow AgroSciences has publicly acknowledged that this one-year test is scientifically unnecessary.
Over the span of the nearly 100 days, an HSUS investigator documented nearly two dozen short-term and long-term experiments that involved tests on dogs, including the fungicide test.
This beagle, one of the 36 being used in the pesticide toxicity experiment, is just one of more than 60,000 dogs are used annually in experiments at hundreds of labs across the US
A larger dog breed is used for one of the tests carried out at the laboratory in Michigan
Beagles used in the Dow Agrosciences pesticide toxicity test are kept in stainless steel cages, and according to HSUS they were only allowed out of the cages to be force-fed pesticide several times a day
Among the beagles tested on at the facility was a young dog named Harvey who clearly sought attention by humans and was characterized by the laboratory staff as ‘a good boy.’
Harvey was being used in a study backed to test the safety of two drugs chemicals, which involved surgically opening the dogs’ chest cavities and pouring the substances into the area.
As one lab employee observed, the day Harvey was killed was ‘the best life he knew’ simply because he was allowed out of his sterile cage to run around on the floor for a minute prior to being carried down the laboratory hallway to the necropsy department for euthanasia.
Charles River Laboratory carried out tests on dogs for at least 25 companies during the time of the HSUS investigation.
According to HSUS, more than 60,000 dogs are used in experiments at labs across the US every year, including toxicity tests for pesticides, drugs, dental implants and other products.
A worker at Charles River Laboratories, in Mattawan, Michigan, holds a beagle used in a test shortly before he is euthanized at the end of a study
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and president of Humane Society International, said: ‘The disturbing findings at this facility are sadly not unique.
‘Experiments are happening at hundreds of laboratories each year throughout the United States, 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.’