Written by PETA
Last Labor Day weekend, Buddy and Copper
were among the dogs sitting in barren, filthy cages at animal testing hellhole Professional Laboratory and
Research Services, Inc. (PLRS).
But this Labor Day weekend, the two friends are rolling in the grass, playing
with other dogs, and being loved and petted at Kindness Ranch.
Courtesy Emile Hallez Williams
Kindness Ranch helps animals rescued
from laboratories to heal from the torture that they've endured and finds them
permanent homes. When recent visitor and PETA pal Dan Hanley met Buddy and
Copper, he was inspired to write about them on his website,
calling them "complete loves." Even after everything humans have put
them through, these two dogs still have lots of love to give.
A PETA undercover investigation of PLRS
found that dogs there spent years in cages, being force-fed experimental compounds
and infested with worms. Besides the torment of the experiments themselves,
laboratory workers screamed and cursed at the dogs, used pressure hoses to
spray them with water and harsh chemicals, and dragged them when they would not
walk. After PETA released the evidence from the investigation, PLRS shut its doors
and surrendered Buddy,
Copper, and nearly 250 other animals.
Almost a year later, Buddy and Copper are learning to trust. Hanley said that Buddy
wiggled right onto his lap, anxious for the love that he was denied for so
is a bit more reserved, and sudden movements and loud noises frighten him. He
slowly makes his way toward new people, still scared but also longing for a
kind word or gentle touch. After life in a cage, both dogs love to go for walks
and feel soft grass beneath their paws.
By next Labor Day, Buddy's and Copper's
lives will probably have changed again. By that time, they will both have homes
and families to call their own.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
When she first met her rescuer, the emaciated dog crawled on her belly, longing for affection but too terrified to stand up. Known only as the number tattooed on her ear, she was sick with hookworms, tapeworms, and a vaginal infection, and her teeth were rotted.
© Michele Gann
Libby, as she would soon be named, was one of nearly 250 dogs and cats rescued last fall from animal testing hellhole Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. after it shut down following a PETA investigation. Pharmaceutical companies paid the laboratory to infest dogs and cats with worms, fleas, and ticks and then force-feed them or smear their skin with toxic chemicals in tests for companion-animal products. Our investigator recorded workers as they kicked, threw, and dragged dogs; lifted puppies by their throats; and screamed obscenities at animals. A former supervisor and three former employees of the laboratory were indicted earlier this week on felony cruelty charges.
Despite all that she has been through, Libby has become a happy, playful girl in her loving new home. She wrestles and plays tug-of-war with her two adopted canine siblings, and she loves going out on walks and snuggling under the covers.
Dogs like Libby are still suffering in laboratories. You can help by buying only cruelty-free products and letting companies that perform animal tests know why you will not be a customer. You can also donate to PETA’s Rescue and Investigations fund to help us continue to investigate cruelty and seek justice for the animal victims.
Merck's murky behavior isn't going to silence PETA. We're suing the pharmaceutical giant after it refused to include our shareholder resolution in the proxy materials sent to its shareholders, in violation—we contend—of securities laws.
Our resolution asks Merck to complete an annual report listing the number and species of animals used in its laboratories and for what purposes, which we believe might help prevent some of the most blatant abuse, such as what our undercover investigation of Professional Laboratory and Research Services (PLRS), a Merck contract facility, uncovered last year. Aside from the horror of being experimented on, animals at PLRS were blasted with high-pressure hoses and harsh cleaning chemicals, slammed against the doors of their cages, and screamed at by workers.
PETA is demanding that Merck either send out our resolution in time for the annual meeting or hold a special meeting just for our proposal. Please encourage anyone you know with stock in Merck to tell the company to stop hiding and let shareholders decide for themselves.
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