Undercover Investigation Finds Dozens of Dogs Being Force-Fed Fungicides for Tests

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Image: Humane Society of the United States

Shocking undercover footage from inside a Michigan laboratory reveals dogs being force-fed fungicides as part of a year-long experiment.

An undercover investigation from nonprofit organization Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which lasted for 100 days from April to August last year, revealed more than 20 short- and long-term experiments that involved around 36 beagles at Charles River Laboratories in Mattawan, Michigan.

The experiment, which was done on behalf of agricultural chemicals company Dow Agrosciences to test the effectiveness of its new fungicide, resulted in numerous dogs suffering for months.

Some dogs were being given high doses of the fungicides, with up to 4 capsules shoved down their throats.

The investigation also confirmed that the others, who will not make it until the end of the study in July this year, will be killed, with their organs harvested and studied for damage.

Image: Humane Society of the United States

“Dow has publicly acknowledged that this one-year test is scientifically unnecessary,” HSUS said in a statement.

“The United States government eliminated this test as a requirement more than 10 years ago and nearly all countries throughout the world have followed suit through efforts that have been led by Humane Society International in cooperation with members of the industry, including Dow.”

Kitty Block, president and CEO of HSUS and president of Humane Society International (HSI), added that the horrifying findings are unfortunately common.

“The disturbing findings at this facility are sadly not unique,” she said. “Experiments are happening at hundreds of laboratories each year throughout the country, 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.”

Image: Humane Society of the United States

In response, Dow Agrosciences said in a statement: “A report by the Humane Society of the U.S. that was issued on March 12, 2019 inaccurately attributes an animal testing program to Dow.”

“Corteva Agriscience™ initiated the study, and has independently operated as the Agriculture division of DowDuPont for the past two years as part of the pending separations. As a result, this matter is managed by Corteva Agriscience™.”

“We understand that Corteva and the Humane Society are advocating for Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA) to waive the 1-year animal testing requirements in question.”

The HSUS is now urging the public to convince Dow Agrosciences to stop the animal experimentation and instead work with the nonprofit organization to give the dogs suitable homes.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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