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PETA, PFA and Blue Cross Celebrate: 70 Illegally Imported Beagles Freed

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For Immediate Release:
16 December 2012

Contact:
Sachin Bangera +919820122561; SachinB@petaindia.org
Dr Chaitanya Koduri +918767446083, ChaitanyaK@petaindia.org

Dogs Falsely Imported From China as 'Pets' but Who Were Destined for Cruel Tests Now Available for Adoption

Chennai, Tamil Nadu – Today, 70 beagles who were imported from China by Advinus Therapeutics Limited, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore, and who had been held in quarantine by the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service (AQCS) for more than nine weeks while PETA and other organisations campaigned for their release have been freed. The rescue was approved after PETA notified the Ministry of Environment and Forests that the dogs were wrongly described as "pets" in an AQCS document. They were actually intended to be experimented on. PETA India had 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 by or killed in a laboratory. Local animal shelters Blue Cross Chennai and People for Animals – Chennai, groups that also called for the dogs' release, will arrange for the animals' adoption into loving homes.

Anyone interested in adopting one of the rescued dogs is invited to call Blue Cross Chennai on +91 44 22354959 or People for Animals – Chennai on +91 44 26321819.

"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 this case the serious attention that it deserves", says PETA Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. "PETA India invites families ready to make the lifelong commitment to caring for a dog to adopt one or more of these puppies and give them the loving homes that they were almost denied."

According to the Livestock Importation Act, 1898, guidelines for importing animals to be used in a laboratory are different from those to import pets. In addition, the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals' investigation reportedly revealed that there was a discrepancy in the number of dogs permitted for the research and the number who were imported.

Experimenters use dogs, and beagles in particular, 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 many of these experiments, they're killed and dissected.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

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