Stop Using Beagles For Lab Testing

Stop Using Beagles For Lab Testing

These sweet-natured creatures deserve better.

If you know me, you know I'm a proud owner of five beagles. If you don't know me: yes, I own five beagles. They are loud, terrible listeners and the sweetest, cutest creatures I've ever encountered. Beagles are often known for their loud howling, their keen sense of smell, their incredibly playful manner and their very gentle nature. But did you know that beagles are almost the dog breed that is the most commonly used in lab testing? Because of their size and mild nature, beagles are the "perfect" breed for scientific "research."

Just this past summer, researchers at University of Missouri were sued for blinding and killing multiple beagles in an experiment that led to inconclusive results. Mizzou isn't the only university that have mistreated these hounds. University of Pennsylvania and Ohio State University are two other universities that have done inhumane research on beagles. Some studies include blindings dogs, giving them Oxycontin and forcing them to run on a treadmill until their hearts fail. The worst part is that the dogs are usually euthanized after the study is complete.

As I said before, beagles are chosen because of their sweet nature. They are incredibly mild, friendly and adoring. You never hear about a "mean" beagle; they won't fight back and they will even treat the research technicians with the same kindness while being used for testing. They are being taken advantage of.

Researchers obtain their beagles from various sources. Sometimes beagles are stolen from people's properties and sold to testing labs. There are also breeders who breed beagles purely to be used in lab testing. Thousands of beagles are used in lab research yearly, and since they are an easy breed to come by, it's easy for researchers to get their hands on them.

The Beagle Freedom Project is a Los Angeles-based non-profit business that rescues lab research beagles and finds them foster and forever homes. BFP is also proposing a bill to give animals used in testing a life after the research. Although this wouldn't eliminate the physical damage done to the animals, it would give them a chance to live a fulfilling and loving life.

Although beagles are the most effected, all cats and dogs have been victims to medical and scientific research. I understand that it's a good and necessary thing to further medical understanding, but the mistreatment of innocent creatures is not something I can stand behind, no matter what medicine we are discovering. Some research is done for veterinary reasons, but most research is done to benefit human beings. It is selfish and it is cruel. It is something no one would be on board with if it were being done to human beings, whose lives, in my opinion, are no more valuable than that of any other living creature.

I believe we must strive to find a better way to conduct medical research. I understand we are making great medical advances, but I don't understand how we can be making so many breakthroughs with science and still not be capable of discovering a better, more humane way to conducts these studies. I think we have the tools to do so, and we just need to make the effort. Every living being is important, whether it's a 30 year old human being, a 200 year old tree or a 2 year kindhearted beagle.

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Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Old Oak Tree

A short poem about returning to one's childhood home.


Looming over the burned-out house is an oak tree,

Hundreds of years old at least.

The smell of smoke is gone, but skeleton of the house remains,

A mere speck when compared to the tree.

Whose branches reach out to me like hands,

Begging for me to come closer.

I do.

I sit under the tree like I did when I was young.

The ground is damp from the rain,

I feel the sogginess soaking through my jeans.

I remain.

It is cooler under the branches,

A limitless amount of leaves shades me from the daylight.

I stay there. All day.

Staring at the charred remains of my childhood home.

I stay there until fog begins to form in the crisp night air,

Cold and sharp against my cheeks.

No longer able to withstand the cold, I take my leave looking back once more.

It's nice to know that even when I'm gone,

The old oak tree remains.

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