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Pack of PETA 'Dogs' Howl Over Wrongful Import of Beagles Marked For Cruel Tests

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For Immediate Release:
14 November 2012

Contact:
Dr Chaitanya Koduri +91 8767446083; ChaitanyaK@petaindia.org
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; BenazirS@petaindia.org

Group Demands That Chennai Quarantine Service Allow the Animals – Who Are Bound for Deadly Experiments – to Be Put Up for Adoption

Chennai – Wearing beagle masks and white jumpsuits and holding a banner that reads, "Stop Wrongful Import of Dogs for Cruel Tests", members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will converge outside the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service Station in Chennai on Thursday. That's because Bangalore-based Advinus Therapeutics Pvt Ltd (ATL), a pharmaceutical laboratory that performs painful and deadly experiments on animals, imported 70 beagles from China, but it was falsely stated on its importation forms that the dogs were to be used as "pets". PETA points out that according to the Livestock Importation Act, 1898, animals bound for laboratories and those imported as companions fall under very different government-mandated procedures. PETA is demanding that the dogs, who are currently in quarantine, be released and put up for adoption and that the government immediately launch an investigation.

When: Thursday, 15 November, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service Station, 83 Velachery Main Road (near the Pallikaranai Oil Mill bus stop and Nilgiris Supermarket), Pallikaranai, Chennai

"These friendly, lovable dogs could spend the rest of their abbreviated lives caged in a laboratory, where they may be poisoned, cut open and killed", says PETA's science policy adviser, Dr Chaitanya Koduri. "Forcing animals to face the archaic horrors of experimentation is a crime against nature. Falsifying documents in order to perform these atrocities is a crime against import legislation."

PETA stands ready to take custody of the dogs and to help get them adopted, in accordance with the stated purpose for which they were imported.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

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