On May 6, 2014, the Beagle Freedom Project rescued nine Beagles from a Nevada laboratory. The dogs had spent their lives locked in cages and used in laboratory and product testing. However, their lives were about to change in a big way, and it all started with the discovery of the joys of warm sunlight and fresh grass.
According to the Beagle Freedom Project––a service of Animal Rescue, Media & Education––Beagles are the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities. “The research industry says they adapt well to living in a cage and are inexpensive to feed,” says the organization on its website. “Research Beagles are usually obtained directly from commercial breeders who specifically breed dogs to sell to scientific institutions.”
For these nine rescued dogs, the world got a light bigger and brighter the day the Beagle Freedom Project picked them up. Before stepping out onto the grass, volunteers removed the ID numbers in the Beagles’ ears and fitted each with a collar, tag, and real name. The only thing left to do was play.
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