Judge approves plan to put about 4,000 Envigo beagles up for adoption | Government and politics

A Lynchburg federal judge has sign on a plan for the Humane Society to transfer approximately 4,000 beagles from Envigo’s breeding facility in Cumberland to shelters so they can be placed for adoption.

Envigo, the Humane Society and the U.S. government introduced the joint plan after U.S. District Judge Norman Moon turned down Envigo’s offers for permission to sell more than 2,000 beagles to fulfill research contracts for a sister company.

Envigo will pay the Humane Society a fee of $100 per beagle and $150 per nursing dam and litter under 8 weeks old. The Humane Society will pass on fees to shelters to defray the costs of preparing beagles for adoption.

“Virginia is for dog lovers today,” said Sen. Bill Stanley of R-Franklin County, who sponsored legislation to protect dogs and cats at research facilities, with the senator Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax and Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle.

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Stanley said “this is a victory for dogs and a victory for stopping unnecessary experiments” on animals.

Inotiv, Envigo’s Indiana-based parent company, recently announced plans to shut down Envigo’s beagle factory, which Moon has blasted for its “tortuous abuse” of dogs and puppies in repeated violation of the animal protection law.

Under the agreement, the Humane Society will be solely responsible for coordinating the transfer of beagles from the Cumberland site and placing the beagles with animal shelters and rescue organizations for adoption. The Humane Society has agreed that it will place as many beagles as possible in shelters on the East Coast and in the Midwest and that beagles under 8 weeks old will be transported with their mothers.

Stanley said the goal now is to “find good, loving, forever homes for all of these dogs”.

He encouraged anyone looking to get on a list to adopt a beagle from Envigo to call his office at (540) 721-6028.

Stanley previously played a key role in helping hundreds of beagles rescued from Envigo find homes. His family adopted two of these beagles and he says anyone who adopts a rescued dog or puppy from Envigo will find it was “the best decision they ever made”.

The senator expressed concern that many shelters are already overcrowded and added that advocates seeking to help beagles “will have to be very creative here.”

Last year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals conducted an undercover investigation at Envigo’s Cumberland facility. PETA released a disturbing video of beagles being housed in what it called a “prison-like factory”.

Daphna Nachminovitch, Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations at PETA, said in a statement: “PETA’s groundbreaking undercover investigation has helped trigger a historic domino effect of state legislative and policing action. and the federal government that paved the way for independence for these dogs and for this dog prison to close.

“Surviving victims of Envigo will soon have the opportunity to have what every dog ​​deserves – the freedom to enjoy life, love and respect for their individuality as members of a family home.

The senses. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, Democrats of Virginia, said in a joint statement, “After months of advocacy, we are thrilled to know that nearly 4,000 Envigo dogs will be spared a lifetime of suffering and instead headed to loving homes.

“We are also thrilled to know that Inotiv – the parent company of Envigo – will be closing its Cumberland facility and that no more dogs will be subjected to the appalling conditions and inexcusable distress endured by so many dogs and puppies in the facility.”