A couple of things about this story are pretty disturbing.

  • They were testing pesticides on beagles in Southwest Michigan.
  • They were doing it for a year.
  • They have decided to stop doing it.
  • And according to the story from WILX, they have stopped only because "the tests we were seeking to change are no longer required for our product".
  • Read that last sentence again.

They are Corteva AgroSciences. And they are an agricultural division of DowDuPont.

"We've been working to refine, reduce, & replace animal tests for years. Today we’re pleased to announce our efforts resulted in a waiver & we can stop the study. We’ll make every effort to rehome the animals," they said in a tweet.

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States released this statement:

We applaud Dow AgroSciences (Corteva AgriScience) for making the right decision by ending the one-year pesticide test on 36 beagles at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan. This is a significant step that is critical to the welfare of the dogs. We now urge Corteva to work with us to get the dogs out of the laboratory and to our shelter and rescue partners so that they can be adopted into loving homes.

Yes, they stopped the testing AFTER A YEAR. Yes, they are going to try to find the dogs they have been doing pesticide testing on FOR A YEAR new homes (the least they could do don't you think).

No matter how good this FEEL GOOD STORY is supposed to be, why is it that I don't?

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