The Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) has shut down a major vivisection facility in Nowata, Oklahoma, US, and rescued over 200 cats and dogs, who were subjected to cruel tests at the facility. BFP also bought the 30-acre Oklahoma property and facilities, aiming to transform it into an animal sanctuary, called “Freedom Fields”, which will serve as a rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption centre. 

This facility was using the animals for flea and tick meds testing, which according to Click Orlando, it performed roughly one-third of the tests done on flea and tick meds in the US. The testing of drugs using animals is no longer compulsory in the US so there was no justification for this lab. Earlier in 2023, US President Joe Biden signed into law the FDA Modernization Act 2.0, which ended a federal mandate that experimental drugs must be tested on animals before they are used on humans in clinical trials. This law makes it easier for drug companies to use alternative methods to animal testing. Approximately 90% of drugs ultimately fail in human trials after being tested in animals, so animal testing must be replaced by more effective methods.

Shannon Keith, Founder of BFP, said, “We are thrilled to announce the closure of this lab and the rescue of these innocent animals. This acquisition is a beacon of hope in our ongoing fight against animal testing.” BFP will be sending a few Beagles to Florida, where they will receive foster care.. they hope that families with other dogs will adopt them, as this will help them to get socialised and learn the dog behaviour they could not learn when kept captive in cages. Keith explained:  “Another dog in the home who is basically used to living a home will basically teach them: this is good, this is bad, this is where we go potty, this is how we walk on a leash, this is how we eat from a regular bowl. All of these things they don’t know about. They are afraid of loud noises, they don’t know what noises in the home are, and they will try to run away, so other dogs will teach them not to be afraid.”

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.