Since 2017, SHARK has flown numerous drones over Covance Research Products/Lab Corp, since bought by Envigo, documenting the horrid conditions the imprisoned beagles (pictured below) being raised there are forced to endure. Envigo also breeds and warehouses primates, guinea pigs, rabbits, and pigs.
In June 2017 when our drone video went viral, legislation was initiated to help the beagles. On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, an article in the Virginia Mercury states:
...an animal rights group published drone footage that showed hundreds of beagles packed into pens and barking frantically.
Virginia lawmakers approved five different bills related to Envigo, including legislation that would ban Envigo from selling animals if the company was cited for additional Animal Welfare Act violations. A bill from Sens. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, and Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, would close a long-standing loophole that exempts so-called “research animals” from Virginia law regulating commercial dog breeders. The legislation clarifies that beagles bred at the Cumberland facility count as companion animals unless they’re actively involved in clinical experiments, allowing state inspectors to investigate potential cruelty violations. Another bill from Stanley and Boysko would require the facility to offer unneeded dogs up for adoption before killing them.
Suffering beagles at Envigo
SHARK is glad all of our work and exposure over the years for these beagles is finally helping them. Ultimately, however, this hellhole needs to be shut down permanently and all the animals released to sanctuaries and rescue organizations. If you live in Virginia or know anyone who does, please contact your legislators here and thank them for passing the legislation to help the beagles and ask that they shut this place down for good!
There are well-established procedures to test new drugs and products that don't require torturing and killing animals. These procedures are more accurate and safer for humans. Continuing to use animals for
experimentation endangers the lives of humans.
The animal model presumes that harmful impact seen in one species occurs in another. Yet science accepts that vastly different genetic, metabolic, anatomic, physiological traits make predictive extrapolation to humans unreliable. At best, animal data is of "questionable relevance." (Researchers: Robinson, et al., 2001; Schardein, 2000; Cohen, 2002 & 2004; Haseman, et al, 1998).