It’s hard to believe when you see those floppy ears and those sweet, gentle eyes beaming at you, that anyone could do anything but love a beagle. Unfortunately, around the world, these precious dogs—and so many other animals—are abused in the name of lab research. Fortunately, the Beagle Freedom Project is rescuing and rehoming animals subject to cruelty, and giving them a chance at freedom.
Why is Om taking a bold stance against animal cruelty, and why have we vowed to become loud and passionate supporters of the Beagle Freedom Project (BFP)?
WHY THE WORLD NEEDS US ALL TO BE CRUELTY FREE
We believe skin is skin. That if a product can’t safely be tested on humans, it shouldn’t be tested on animals either. The list of mainstream American skincare brands that do not test on animals is growing, but there are still many companies that cage dogs for life and subject them to horrific cruelties as part of experimental research.
Here are some shocking numbers:
-Almost 1 million animals were held captive in labs or used in experiments (excluding mice, birds, agricultural animals and more) in the US in 2019 (source: PETA).
-3.9 million animals were used in experiments and more than 120,000 animals were subjected to “severe pain” in 2018 in Canada (source: PETA).
-More than 65,000 dogs are being used in animal testing right now in the US (source: BFP).
Why are so many of them beagles? Beagles make wonderful pets for the same reasons they’ve become the breed of choice for testing: Beagles are quiet and trusting. They are people-pleasers, quick to forgive. Even in the midst of being hurt, they probably won’t bite. They submit to life in a cage.
At Om, we will never test on animals. We will always use our voice to stand up against animal cruelty. And we will support the close-to-our-hearts critical work of BFP by donating 1% of every Om purchase to BFP.
HOW THE BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT IS LEADING CHANGE
BFP is the world’s leading organization for rescuing and rehoming animals used in experimental research. “Our mission is to help animals suffering in captivity and give them a chance at freedom.” As a non-profit animal rescue and advocacy organization, BFP’s work extends beyond borders and beagles to save all kinds of animals all over the world.
Following tips and investigations, BFP frees :
-survivors of lab experiments
-victims of animal abuse
-senior and special needs animals from shelters
Since 2010, BFP has rescued thousands of animals around the globe.
Rehabilitating and rehoming
BFP is fortunate to have found so many special humans to foster and adopt these animals with traumatic pasts, little training and great fears. And yet there is still so much to love about these dogs. With patience, understanding and care, hundreds of BFP’s rescue dogs have become treasured four-legged family members.
To grow awareness about animal cruelty and help bring it to an end, BFP also focuses on several areas of education and advocacy. Some of BFP’s achievements include:
-Beagle Freedom Law mandating the adoption of dogs and cats from labs in several states
-Cruelty-Cutter app, a cruelty-free shopping software
-Lennon’s Law, which puts an end to dogs in California being held captive for years for animal blood banks
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Once you’re aware of the injustices of animal cruelty, you might be inspired to do more. Here are some of the ways BFP suggests joining the fight:
Shop cruelty free brands by using Cruelty Cutter to make informed decisions when buying personal care products.
Send your love to friends and family with a card from the dogs of BFP.
Join the Rescue Warrior Club with a donation to suit what you can give, from securing the rescue and care of 10 animal victims at just $100 to giving a rescue dog their very first bed, toys and leash for $25.
Spread the word. When the conversation comes up, help others learn about this issue and what they can do to help promote a cruelty-free world.
Shop Om knowing your skincare is cruelty free and that every purchase helps fund the important work of BFP.
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