For Immediate Release:
August 10, 2023
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
North Rose, N.Y. – Documents and video obtained by PETA from the European organizations www.thecampbeagle.com and Anima Denmark reveal that thousands of dogs are being transported by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and others from the U.S. to laboratories around the world, including Charles River Laboratories, where they’re tormented and killed in pointless experiments.
PETA sent a letter urging SAS President and CEO Anko van der Werff to stop shipping dogs and highlighting that Marshall BioResources, where most of the dogs transported by SAS come from, breeds tens of thousands of dogs and other animals each year in factory-like warehouses. On any given day, the company houses more than 20,000 beagles and other dogs in its sheds.
“U.S. companies are packing beagles and other dogs like so much baggage and sending them to be killed in foreign laboratories,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling for an end to this bloody business and is urging SAS to stop partnering with these cruel facilities by refusing to transport dogs to their deaths.”
Authorities have cited Marshall BioResources for confining dogs to unsanitary, dilapidated wire cages and for failing to provide adequate veterinary care in violation of federal law. While U.S. regulations require only that cages holding dogs must be large enough for them to stand up, sit down, lie down, and turn around, Marshall BioResources has failed to provide them with even that bare-minimum amount of space. Dogs have sustained injuries as a result.
Dogs from Marshall BioResources were sent to facilities operated by the notorious animal testing behemoth Charles River Laboratories in France, Hungary, and the Netherlands. And in the U.K., Charles River conducts painful tests on animals for companies that produce industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives, and pharmaceuticals by force-feeding them test compounds, smearing experimental chemicals onto their shaved skin, and forcing them to inhale toxic substances.
Members of Congress concerned about U.S. funding allocated to overseas animal laboratories just introduced the bipartisan Cease Animal Research Grants Overseas (CARGO) Act, which would prohibit the National Institutes of Health from financing experiments on animals in foreign countries.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.