Dogs injected with pesticides, drugs at animal testing lab in Michigan, says U.S. Humane Society

Posted at 1:29 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 14:51:11-04

(WXYZ) — 7 Action News received disturbing new undercover video showing dogs at an animal testing lab in Michigan.

The U.S. Humane Society says the footage shows dogs getting doses of pesticides and drugs. According to the group, it's investigation found beagles and hounds suffering and dying.

The video was supposedly shot at the Charles River Lab in Mattawan, Michigan -- which is west of Battle Creek -- between April and August of 2018.

Experiments were carried out on behalf of three companies, including Dow, which is based in Midland, according to the U.S. Humane Society.

The organization is demanding that the testing stop and the dogs be released. 7 Action News reached out to the Charles River Lab for comment, but has not received a response.

Dow released this statement in response to 7 Action News' report:

Dow has a strong commitment to ensuring the safety of our products, and the care and well-being of animals. Specifically, Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, which includes Dow’s former fungicide business, has been working closely with the Humane Society of the U.S. for many months to encourage Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA) to amend its animal test requirements for pesticides. Once Corteva is given certainty that the study is no longer required, they will stop the study immediately. Animal testing is not something Dow undertakes lightly, but neither is it something the Company can discontinue when it is required by regulatory authorities. Dow keeps its use of animal testing to an absolute minimum. Dow is committed to finding alternatives to animal testing and has established a Predictive Toxicology team dedicated to this goal. Dow scientists actively advocate for alternative methods by engaging global regulatory agencies, and collaborates with governments, animal welfare organizations and researchers. All this is evidence of our commitment to the 3R’s — reducing, refining and replacing the use of animals in toxicology testing.

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