In Australia, many animals find themselves in a teaching and research situation, previously there was no provisions made for these animals when it came time to retire them. Some would go to staff members or friends, but mostly they would be euthanised. This is where we come in! Beagle Freedom Australia have established Australia’s first sanctuary specifically for the rehabilitation of ex-research, ex-testing or ex-teaching laboratory animals. We specialise in beagles, because they are the breed of choice, but we help many other types of animals too.
If you can’t adopt, sponsor! We have many special needs dogs in long term or permanent foster care. They need specific medical treatment, surgeries, ongoing medications or training and we need your help to give it to them.
So now you can sponsor a particular animal and we will ensure that your funds go directly towards their ongoing care. You will receive an e-certificate with your dogs name and photo and some extra info about them as well as some goodies!
30 March 2021: The Victorian Government has established a taskforce to implement change in several problem areas of animal welfare. Included in the plan will be our Right to Release campaign, making rehoming mandatory for animals in Victoria. Its a great start and we are looking forward to working with the taskforce to implement this amazing change! Read more in The Age article from March 30th.
In December 2019 the Victorian Government released their revised Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (POCTA) document. The update we are excited about, and have been campaigning for, is the removal of the “Victorian code of practice for the use of animals from municipal pounds in scientific procedures” This means that pounds and shelters will no longer be able to release animals to research and teaching facilities and the facilities will no longer be able to source dogs, cats or any other animal from these pounds or shelters for any scientific procedure – unless the the procedure is beneficial to the animal and will help in the rehoming of that animal – EG. Desexing of dogs before adoption. You can read the new POTCA document here for more information. We are thankful for this inclusion, that animals in Victorian pounds will not end up in a research facility and will keep campaigning for this to be implemented in other states across Australia.
During 2017/18, Beagle Freedom Australia met with the Victorian Government and discussing the need to rehome animals after their ‘use’ in research. The Government has been supportive and co-operative. They have listened to us and actually agree that there is no good reason why these animals can’t be rehomed.
We explained that institutions are less likely to listen to us when we quote the national standards to them, and more likely to take on board information, guidelines and encouragement when it comes from the Government. So they agreed to release a document, not only encouraging rehoming, but helping them achieve it. They consulted closely with us while putting the document together and took on board most of our key points.
The factors we’re most excited to see included are:
This will open many doors and save many many lives!
The document has been available on their website since July 2018, and has also been sent out, in an internal communication, to all the Animal Ethics Committees in Victoria. You can read it here.
Animals reported as used in research and teaching in Australia in 2017*
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Australian rock legend Adalita lends her support to our campaign
With so many amazing cruelty free products available in Australia, there really is no reason to use products that have been tested on animals. We can help you learn how to shop cruelty free.
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