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I am not sure of a link to this story as it was sent to me by e-mail but I think I am going to be sick. How heart breaking!!

If I can find the link, I will post it.

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Beagles flown to labs for testing
Air Canada confirms shipments to Europe

MAX HARROLD
The Gazette


Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Speeding down the runway in Dorval May 21, Air Canada passengers bound for Paris heard a lot more than just the jet's engines wailing.
Dogs were yelping in the cargo hold beneath them.
The estimated 70 to 100 healthy beagles were among many regular - and perfectly legal - trans-Atlantic shipments by Air Canada of dogs destined for medical experiments.
Passengers on the flight found the sound of the dogs very distressing.
"All we could hear during the boarding and before the takeoff was barking, crying and whimpering," said one passenger in business class on Flight 870 who did not want to be identified.
After landing in Paris, passengers saw three pallets with cages of two dogs each being unloaded from the Airbus 330 aircraft.
"Their tails were wagging through the cages," said one passenger, who also asked not to be identified.
"We were shocked to hear some flight attendants say this goes on regularly - dogs get shipped to Paris for experiments." Because Quebec's animalprotection law is vague and weakly enforced, the province provides a steady source of dogs for laboratories both here and abroad, animal rights activists said.
"Fifty per cent of all dogs used for medical research in Canada are used in Quebec," said Liz White, a director of the Animal Alliance of Canada, a national animal rights group.
Figures found on the website the Canadian Council on Animal Care, a government-funded organization that monitors animal research, show 5,610 dogs were "used" in Quebec in 2005.
That same year, 5,127 dogs were used in all the other provinces combined.
Despite a tough new provincial animal-welfare law enacted 2004, "Quebec is a frontier province for animal abusers," White said.
"There are very few bylaws, there is a high euthanasia rate by pet owners), and the claim rate for lost pets is very low." The Quebec atmosphere helps medical researchers trade in animals, she said.
Only four inspectors enforce Quebec's animal-welfare law, which allows for fines of $200 to $15,000 for repeat offenders. In Ontario, more than 200 inspectors enforce animal-welfare regulations.
Suzanne Lecomte, chief inspector with Anima-Quebec, a not-for-profit agency that applies the new law, said the "law is vague. It says simply you cannot compromise the safety and welfare of the animal." Linda Robertson, director of the Monteregie SPCA, said beagles are often used in research because they are particularly docile.
"You can do with a beagle whatever you want," she said.
"It's not going to bite you." The breed can be tailor-made to develop certain cancers, she added.
Pierre Barnoti, executive director of the SPCA in Montreal, said his group has been aware of the air shipments for years.
"Our investigators have checked out the dogs' health and they're fine," Barnoti said.
"These are not puppy mill dogs," he said.
Claude Morin, president of Air Canada Cargo, confirmed the existence of animal shipments for medical research.
"It's completely legal," Morin said. "The animals are treated perfectly (en route).We don't really ask too many questions about where they're going.
Clients don't have to tell us anything." Air Canada spokesperson Isabelle Arthur said a 1998 ruling by the Canadian Transportation Agency forbids the airline from refusing to ship animals simply because of their purpose.
The ruling was made after Air Canada refused to carry monkeys intended for vivisection.
But Jadrino Huot, a spokesperson for the CTA, said the ruling was made to force Air Canada to apply its own policies and that the airline was entirely within its rights to change its policies.
"Air travel is a deregulated industry," he said. "They set their own policies." One Air Canada flight attendant, who asked not to be identified, said the dog shipments have been kept "hush, hush." "It's a business," she said.
"They shouldn't be doing this." [email protected] thegazette.canwest.com

© The Gazette (Montreal) 2007
 

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oh my goodness I am going to vomit just reading this story, how awful.. absolutely awful.
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That story makes my skin crawl. I'm making a mental note to never use Air Canada. Had I been on that flight, I would have asked to leave the air craft even if I lost my money. I could never have sat there listening to those poor dogs crying and knowing what there destiny was going to be. How do those people sleep at night?! :angryfire:
 

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Quote:Originally posted by jen-n-jersey:
That story makes my skin crawl. I'm making a mental note to never use Air Canada.
If animal lovers got together and staged a boycott of Air Canada, maybe that would have an effect. Unfortunately it wouldn't stop the animal testing, :angryfire: but it might make it a little bit harder for the company to obtain the dogs.
 

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It is disgusting. The list of firms and products that I intend to boycott grows daily. Again I say it is up to governments to ban animal research, then all this trade in breeding would stop. I can cry when I think how close to death our two came to. Now we heard that where Susi came from have stopped letting beagles free and destroy them when they are finished with them. I just cant understand how the people who work in this field can sleep at night.
 

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Quote:Originally posted by A doghouse:
I just cant understand how the people who work in this field can sleep at night.
I know. I would like to lock them in a crate and test on them for once. Maybe they would think twice about it after that.
 

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How sickening it must have been for the airplane passengers as well as the dogs.

Using beagles because they are docile (and submissive) is particularly sinful. I, too, feel like throwing up.

Like I've said in the past, and as Doghouse alluded to...the way to put a dent in animal testing is to boycott the products and most importantly, TELL THE COMPANY why you are doing so. The only thing that talks are earnings and profit.

FYI...drug companies in the US anyway, have to include animals in drug testing by law. It sux.

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I make an effort not to buy things that are tested on animals if I can. I do not buy Duracell, anything P&G, Anything from Johnston & Johnston, cover girl, and the list goes on and on.

I can not consciously buy products knowing that animals, often beagles, have had to suffer for it.
 

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That's awful, sickening, and just plain sad. How anyone could use an innocent animal to do lab experiments is beyond me. Now I'm glad I don't wear makeup and my sister has been doing a LOT of reasearch into which companies test on animals. I'll have to admit that I never thought the companies would test on dogs and cats. I always thought it was rodents...not that that would be any more agreeable. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/mad.gif
 

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Yeah for Air Canada. Even though the lab has already found another carrier, at least it has become just a little bit harder for them. I just wish that they had made this decision based on their own corporate beleifs, not the complaints of customers.
 
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