More than two dozen beagles used in pesticide testing by Corteva Agriscience are on their way to being placed in loving homes.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) said the 36 dogs that were at the Charles River Laboratory, in Mattawan, will soon be adopted out, thanks to help from the Michigan Humane Society.
The HSUS said it carried out an undercover investigation at the lab, and released pictures and videos on Tuesday, March 12 that they say show experiments being conducted on the dogs for three companies: Corteva AgriScience (the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont), Above and Beyond NB LLC, and Paredox Therapeutics.
As TV5 told you, on March 18, Corteva AgriScience released a statement saying their tests are no longer required for their product.
“As we indicated previously, we have been actively advocating with Brazil’s Agencia Nacional de Viglilancia Sanitaria (ANVISA) to amend its requirements for animal testing with pesticides and today we received official confirmation that the tests we were seeking to change are no longer required for our product. We have immediately ended the study that was the subject of attention last week and will make every effort to rehome the animals that were part of the study.
We are pleased that our efforts produced this outcome, and we note that it is yet another result of work our heritage companies have been doing for many years to continually refine, reduce, and replace animal tests wherever possible and finding alternative means of obtaining the data necessary to assure our products are safe for humans, animals, and the environment. In fact, this particular effort to change Brazil’s requirement had been underway in collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States.”
The humane society said that on March 22 it learned Corteva planned to work with a group called National Animal Interest Alliance to release the dogs into loving homes. The Humane Society of the United States claims that group is linked to organizations that profit off animal suffering
After reaching out to Corteva about that concern, the humane society said on March 26 Corteva has decided to no longer work with the National Animal Interest Alliance.
It has now announced plans to work with the Michigan Humane Society, a shelter partner of the Humane Society of the United States.
In a statement posted on social media, Corteva said:
"We fully appreciate the concern for the well-being of the dogs and we take their rehoming very seriously. Finding caring, safe homes for all the dogs in the study has been our priority and we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) to rehome the animals.
Working with MHS we will follow a process, as outlined by the veterinarians, which takes several weeks and includes proper socialization and vaccinations, and each dog will be spayed or neutered. MHS has the experience, capability and capacity to rehome the dogs. The dogs are healthy, under the care of veterinarians and we will work as quickly as possible with the Michigan Humane Society to find safe and caring homes."
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States released this statement: “The Humane Society of the United States is truly grateful to Corteva for choosing a reputable and trustworthy organization, Michigan Humane Society, to ensure the care and placement of the dogs into loving homes. We thank MHS for taking on the responsibility for these dogs, who have gained worldwide attention. We will continue our long-term work to end the use of dogs for testing of various products, including pesticides and drugs.”