The latest statistics of animals used for experimental and research purposes in 2015 have been recently published. 3241 Beagles were used (an increase of 499 compared to statistics for 2014) in 4346 procedures (an increase of 239 compared to statistics for 2014).
On the 28th July 2015 we were recognised and accepted by the UK Charity Commission as a Charity - registered number 1162858. Our stated Objective is as follows:
TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE, CARE AND FUTURE OF BEAGLES USED FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND TO PROVIDE QUALIFIED SUPPORT TO BODIES WORKING ON ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF TESTING AND RESEARCH TO THOSE INVOLVING ANIMALS.
The Trustees are as follows:
Sue Starkey (Treasurer)
Christine Wynne (Chairperson)
Additionally a Management Team has been formed as shown below, and should you require any further information or make positive suggestions to help please use the contact email shown.
Christine Wynne - Stakeholder on the Home Office group ASRU
We are members of the Home Office ASRU stakeholders group, together with recent acceptance as Associate Members of APGAW - Associate Parliamentary Group of Animal Welfare.
In 2011 a breeding establishment in East Yorkshire applied for planning permission to increase the size of their facility to breed 2000 Beagles a year for sale to establishments for experimental purposes, which generated considerable publicity.
Our Aims and Campaign Strategy
POSITION: All members of the Alliance are against the use of all animals and in particular BEAGLES
for animal scientific experimentation.
AIM: To abolish the breeding of Beagles, and their subsequent use for ALL animal scientific
experimentation in the UK.
Our strategy is to increase public awareness as the majority are unaware that these practices still continue.
We encourage supporters to write to their Members of Parliament to question what their stance is on animal experimentation.
Having achieved in excess of our aim of 100,000 signatures on our petition to the UK Government so it can be delivered to the Prime Minister. Subsequently it should become eligible to be considered for Parliamentary debate, at which point having prior identified and approached a suitable MP to raise the case, a comprehensive briefing will take place to debate our line of reasoning.
We are fortunate to be represented by a management team member on the Home Office ASRU stakeholders group which contributes to any discussion, changes, recommendations and legislation relating to the Animal Scientific Procedures Act 1986 and its subsequent amendments. Since becoming a Charity, we have also become Associate members of APGAW - Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare.
Now our petition has exceeded 100,000 signatures, following its presentation to the Government due to the credibility that charity status offers us, we will be following more strategies to promote the care, welfare and future of Beagles within the UK animal experimentation programme. Additionally, there are other strategies we are formulating to benefit these Beagles together with promoting and supporting organisations who research and develop alternative methods of experimentation without using animals, which will hopefully provide more reliable results and discoveries benefiting both humans and the animals currently used.
It is hoped that should the use of Beagles be abolished for animal experimentation, this could set a precedence for other animals subjected to this out-dated , unreliable and horrendous practice, at which time we will continue to support and campaign on their behalf.
We will promote the purchase and use of Cruelty Free products and issue current information and links.
Lulu was an ex-laboratory Beagle and this is her story by kind permission of Sheila Stone (submitted in August 2012):
She was in a laboratory for the first 6-9 months of her life and rescued by a vet, and was then rehomed, but it would appear that she was subsequently rehomed again after being found in a garden in the Notts/Derbyshire area. She then lived with her previous owner until August 2011 and came into Beagle Welfare at the age of about 8 and a half when her previous owner had to go into rented accommodation and couldn't take her there.
Although Lulu's experience in a laboratory environment was relatively short, the Alliance's objectives and aims are in memory of Lulu and the thousands of other Beagles who have not known the joy of being able to RUN FREE and experience the love and care which these wonderful hounds deserve.
Ancient medical research methods using animal experiments became popular in the Victorian era. Absurdly these methods continued today in the 21st Century, but there is now overwhelming evidence that this abhorrent practice could be eliminated due to major advances in scientific research whereby more accurate and dependable results could be achieved by using this new technology without using Beagles. The latest statistics of animals used for experimental and research purposes in 2015 have been recently published. 3241 Beagles were used (an increase of 499 compared to statistics for 2014) in 4346 procedures (an increase of 239 compared to statistics for 2014).
I am Wellie and would love you to help my other Beagle friends who are not as lucky as me.
I have a nice warm home where I am loved and cuddled - my friends in laboratories don't.
I can RUN FREE in my large garden whenever I like - my friends in laboratories can't.
I like going to the lovely lady vet as she makes me better when I have done something silly, and I don't mind it when she puts a needle in me as it is to protect me against nasty things or make the pain go away and I get a treat for being a good boy - my friends in laboratories have needles and tubes put in them which makes them ill and they sometimes die.
I beg you to help these Beagles to enjoy my happy life in future as I can't talk, or write and type (mum is helping me with this), because you CAN talk, write and type.
If you want to help please click on the link to sign the RUN FREE ALLIANCE petition urging the UK government to ban the breeding of Beagles for animal experimentation and for the subsequent use of my friends for these horrible experiments.
Thank you, with slobber Beagle licks and kisses from Wellie.
If you would like to help us please click on the link and sign our petition.
There is overwhelming evidence that these abhorrent practices could be eliminated due to major advances in scientific research whereby more accurate and dependable results could be achieved by using this new technology without using Beagles You can sign the petition by clicking here.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHY ARE BEAGLES USED FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTATION?
This is a question that is frequently asked not only by group members but members of the public but unfortunately we have found no definitive scientific answer following extensive research. The only conclusion to be reached is that it is 'historic'. The first well documented mention occurs in the 1800's when the French physiologist Francois Magendie (1783-1855) and the Scottish anatomist Charles Bell (1744-1842) are credited with neurological research using Beagles. There is also a painting by Emile-Edouard Monchy depicting a Beagle being subjected to vivisection in 1832.
CAN BEAGLES BE REHOMED FROM LABORATORIES?
Regrettably it is rare that Beagles are released from laboratories in to the public arena within the UK. Usually they are offered to staff, office staff or friends and family, as the socialisation and rehabilitation of a Beagle which has been institutionalised is a long and somewhat specialised process. Research establishments prefer to keep this information 'in house'. The reality is that many are euthanised due to the health issues which have resulted from the scientific experiments they have undergone.
WHAT TYPES OF RESEARCH ARE BEAGLES USED FOR?
There is a broad spectrum of categories which include: Fundamental biological research; Applied studies - human medicine or dentistry together with Protection of man, animals or environment. In 2015, 3241 Beagles were used in 4346 procedures. OVER 96% of trials on Beagles fail in human clinical trials.
BEAGLES ARE USED FOR TOXICOLOGY PROCEDURES - WHAT ARE THE AREAS?
Over 3330 toxicology procedures were carried out on Beagles in 2015 in the following sectors: Agriculture, Industry, Food additives, other foodstuffs, Pharmaceutical safety/efficacy evaluation i.e. safety testing, efficacy testing, quality control, ADME and residue, medical device safety, and medical development.
WHERE ARE THE BEAGLES SOURCED FROM?
In 2015 1976 Beagles were born in the UK at a registered breeder, 253 born in the EU at a registered breeder and 1012 born in the rest of the world. A total of 3241
IS THE UK GOVERNMENT DOING ANYTHING TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BEAGLES USED FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTATION?
Despite the Coalition stating when established that they would strive to reduce the number of animals used for experimentation, the number of Beagles used and the number of procedures carried out on them increased in 2013.
WHAT ALTERNATIVES CAN BE USED FOR TESTING RATHER THAN ANIMALS, AND HOW EFFECTIVE ARE THEY?
It is imperative that the development of new approaches in research is a priority to eliminate the proven unreliability of animal testing together with the cruelty and suffering of animals previously and current used. Consequently a number of international scientific organisations have called for the development of mechanism based alternatives that are more predictive of the human species and this has created attention being focused on non-animal technologies, such as tissue engineering, stem cells (both also known as in-vitro), mathematical and computer modelling (also referred to as in-silico) together with studies on human volunteers and human simulators.
WHY DO SOME PRODUCTS SAY THAT THEY ARE 'NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS' BUT DON'T HAVE THE BUAV LEAPING BUNNY?
There is no hard and fast rule for this query as it depends on the company in question. It will generally boil down to one of two reasons:
WHY ARE SOME COMPANIES NOT RECOGNISED AS CRUELTY FREE WHEN THEY CLEARLY STATE THEIR PRODUCT ISN'T TESTED ON ANIMALS?
Unfortunately, advertising, slogans and packaging can be very misleading and intentionally so. Companies don't want to attract negative attention or poor public opinion and so will often try to conceal their participation in animal testing behind deceptive wording and ambiguous emblems. To give an example, this statement appears to unequivocally state that the company does not test on animals:
The Run Free Alliance are proud to have the support of the following celebrities who have helped bring the plight of beagles in the UK to thousands of their fans and online followers.
We are delighted to have the support of the fabulous Sherrie Hewson, pictured here with her daughter, Keeley. She is an actress, presenter, TV personality and novelist.
She is, more recently, best known for her role as Joyce Temple Savage in the hit show 'Benidorm' as well as Loose Women.
Previous roles have included Coronation St, Emmerdale & Crossroads any many, many more.....
We are delighted to announce that Sir David Amess MP is now one of our Supporters.
Sir David is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1983, first for Basildon, and since 1997 for Southend West.
He has been an active MP in Parliament, sponsoring bills including the Pet Animals Bill in 1990 amongst many others. With 30 years’ experience in Parliament, Sir David is passionate about animal welfare and pro-life issues. We are very grateful for his following message of support:
RUN FREE ALLIANCE have received the following statement of support today from Norman Baker – former Member of Parliament as Minister of State at the Home Office between 2013-2014, during which time one of his responsibility was for the Animal Scientific Regulation Unit. He sadly lost his seat representing Lewes in East Sussex.
Olivia Hussey is an Argentine-British actress who originally became famous for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet, winning a Golden Globe and also the David di Donatello Award for best actress. She is a staunch animal advocate.
I am totally opposed to animal testing of any kind. The predictors according to the science do not add up therefore making the practice flawed. This is ignored or skirted around by the practitioners, and the enormous benefit to humans is always put forward as a justification for a peculiar form of torture, which any human, with an iota of compassion, would reject. However putting the personal element of compassion aside I am also disturbed by the information contained in the following two paragraphs.
I am so saddened and horrified to learn that animal testing is STILL going on. Please join me in supporting the Run Free Alliance to END ANIMAL TESTING, NOW!
Hi I'm Jodie Prenger. I just want to say thank you for supporting this cause. It takes just a couple of minutes to sign up and stop this cruelty. It�s sad that in this day and age it still goes on but we can make a difference. Lets stop this and get the beautiful beagles tails wagging again.
I wholeheartedly support the campaigning work done by The Run Free Alliance. Beagles do not belong in laboratories. No animal deserves to suffer in this way, and the undercover footage which exposes these hidden cruelties is stomach turning to say the least. Please support the Run Free Alliance by speaking up for those who have no voice at all & the beautiful Beagles!
Beagles have no voice BUT you do. Help the RUN FREE ALLIANCE to put an end to using Beagles for animal experimentation and it is atrocious.
My name is Carley Stenson And I am in TOTAL support of Run Free Alliance and their goal to end testing on animals particularly the beautiful Beagles.
Dogs are loyal, caring and extremely loving creatures. They would do anything for you and want nothing in return. We reward them with tests that are extremely inhumane, cruel and proving pointless.