Activists Storm Research Breeding Facility, Liberate 30 Beagles

A movement spawned by outrage over the treatment of research animals inspired a group of Italian animal activists to eschew negotiations with a research breeding facility in favor of a more direct approach: pushing past police, protesters swarmed the compound Saturday and freed the dogs from their cages.

Breaking through fences, activists made their way inside the farm and opened the kennels, taking away puppies, pregnant dogs – any they could find were released. Dogs were passed over fences and rushed away by advocates determined to spare them from a life of suffering.

It is estimated that approximately 1000 protesters overwhelmed police en route to Greenhill Farm, a commercial breeding facility known for supplying research labs with as many as 250 dogs each month.







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  • April 30, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cat

    The power of many can help the few :)

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  • April 30, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    Yeah!! Wish I had been there with them! It’s a bout time!

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  • April 30, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Yolanda

    I am so happy that they care enough to do this!! About time they realized that animals have feelings too!!

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  • April 30, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jonetta

    Kudos to these brave people!!!

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  • April 30, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marcia

    <3<3<3<3<<3<3

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    April 30, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Silvi

    i’m so happy they did it!! :) We need more determination like that around here!

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    April 30, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rebecca

    A great organization – http://beaglefreedomproject.org/

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  • April 30, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    MaLa

    way to go…

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  • April 30, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Alexa

    i love beagles

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  • April 30, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Wendy

    I would willingly do what those Italian activists did. I wish there was more such activity.

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  • April 30, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    Just plain awesome! :)

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  • April 30, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    HALLELUJAH!!!!!

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    April 30, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharen

    why do these places exist, I would of been there with them saving those puppies… you’re right the power of many can help the few !!

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    April 30, 2012 8:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Natalie

    DIY BABY!

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    April 30, 2012 8:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rose

    I am proud to be Italian ;)

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    April 30, 2012 8:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    YAY!!!

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    April 30, 2012 8:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kara

    God bless those amazing activists!!!!!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cat

    Sharen, thank you and I hope eventually we can rub places like these out for good! What a cute little face, how could anyone use a baby as a test subject?

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  • April 30, 2012 8:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    wish we could do the same at the company’s upstate NY facility!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Edith

    Yeah for you !!!

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    April 30, 2012 8:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Amanda

    My concern is what happens to these animals once they are released? I know at a school here in the bay area people broke in and released dogs and many were hit by cars… I’m against animal testing as well, but I wonder what happens to the dogs afterwards?

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  • April 30, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    The place in Italy is owned by a US company “Marshall Farms” and they provide dogs including beagles and hounds as well as other animals to researchers around the world :(

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  • April 30, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Monica

    That is amazing! You guys rock!!! Keep up the great work! :)

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  • April 30, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Penny

    I wish I could have joined them.

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    April 30, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pamela

    There needs to be a Love button for this!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    Google Marshall Farms or Marshal Bio Resources and check out their web site – They make me sick!

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    April 30, 2012 8:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Courtney

    Almost every single test that is done on animals can be done through other means…I know, because I worked as a chemist in a company that stopped animal testing. There were other, even better, testing methods.

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    April 30, 2012 8:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    James

    My thoughts are for the rescued beagles. They have been bred to be “pure” and have no natural antibodies. I can only hope that they survive and they get the treatment they need to make it in the outside world! Let’s hope these people really do know what they are doing and then it will be an amazing achievement!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    Let’s hear it for the Italians!!!!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gail

    Yay!

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    April 30, 2012 8:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    Yes!!!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Julie

    I am a proud owner of a beagle from a shelter. Stop animal testing now!!!

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    April 30, 2012 8:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sara

    LOVE!

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    April 30, 2012 8:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Suzanne

    Let my puppies go!!!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carol

    I’m glad the police didn’t get violent, and pretty much just let the protesters do their thing.

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    April 30, 2012 8:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christie

    well all right!!! kudos for the italians!!!

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    April 30, 2012 8:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    LOVE!!!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Heather

    I am worried about the dogs, hope they all get good loving homes.

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    April 30, 2012 8:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Colleen

    If that had been in America the cops would have turned violent.

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    April 30, 2012 8:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Vickie

    Beautiful!

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    April 30, 2012 8:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    Holy cr*p!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    Should be more people like this.

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  • April 30, 2012 8:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    this is the best thing i have seen in a long time!!!!

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  • April 30, 2012 8:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Virginia

    yeah, for this babies that got saved from good people now we need more people like that worldwide to end this experiment of savage humans that put through the poor animals suffering.

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    April 30, 2012 8:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracie

    ;( love each and every one of those angels who saved those pups!;)

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    April 30, 2012 8:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jenn

    Nice work!

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    April 30, 2012 8:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Reta

    and more people need to get involved with this cause and save more of these animals cruelty does not start with make-up come on get real

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    April 30, 2012 8:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sheryl

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE RESCUE STORIES

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    April 30, 2012 9:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sara

    Last week I was researching topical flea treatments for a client. In reading the product inserts I found out how beagle puppies were given high doses of the product and the ways that it adversely affected them. It brought me to tears. How are Pfizer and Bayer allowed to do this?

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  • April 30, 2012 9:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    Go activists!!!

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    April 30, 2012 9:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Justice

    These people are so mean and cruel to the helpless dogs!

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    April 30, 2012 9:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jenny

    Bravo!! And notice it was mostly women going over the fence.

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  • April 30, 2012 9:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia

    Now THATS how you get things done!!! You don’t pussyfoot around with ignorant lawmakers and pathetic POS! KUDOS to these activists!!!

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  • April 30, 2012 9:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Robert

    And they talk about puppy mills. I agree we need to find other testing methods. Next thing you know we will have to ensure dogs are not being stolen for these purposes.

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  • April 30, 2012 9:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Good job no animal should suffer :)

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  • April 30, 2012 9:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carmen

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17894881 – unfortunately, it seems that not that many were liberate :(

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    April 30, 2012 9:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nicole

    YAY!!!!!! Thank you for saving those sweet babies!! I would have done the same thing :0)

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    May 1, 2012 11:12 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Neither the police nor the goverment can stop the will of the people

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    May 1, 2012 11:16 amPosted 2 years ago
    linda

    I have had rescued beagles in my life for much of my life. Kudos to these people….yeahhh!

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    May 1, 2012 11:34 amPosted 2 years ago
    Cheryl F

    Now that’s what I call SHOWING UP! Bravo brave activists, bravo!! You are fantastic!

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    May 1, 2012 3:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Paula

    I AM SO PROUD OF THE ITALIANS!!!! WAY TO GO!! MAY MORE PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR EXAMPLE AND STAND UP FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T!!!

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    May 1, 2012 6:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Doesn’t anybody have respect for the law and realize these people stole property!??!

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    May 1, 2012 8:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    HEB

    I wouldn’t be so quick to endorse trespassing, vandalism,theft and mob rule.
    There are better ways to address this.

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      May 15, 2012 1:33 amPosted 2 years ago
      Nichole Victoria

      I understand what you are saying HEB, but we must admit that these dogs rarely have a chance as of right now. It doesn’t matter how many people show up and calmly protest and beg and try to talk to them. Their main goal is to turn a profit through products and they have to do research and experiments for those products. They don’t want to spend the money on finding other ways to test those products either because by doing so means slowing down their production, losing money, spending more money to stop their animal testing and finding new ways to test their products. Let’s face the facts here, animal testing won’t change until the people hire up within major companies such as Proctor and Gamble change and people are brought in that won’t to stop animal testing…if that ever happens. It has also been shown that there is no need for animal testing and experiments for any products or even medically anymore with all the research being done by other medical doctors, scientists, and researchers that have found and created other ways to do the same experiments and tests without harming any animals at all. It has also been shown that using animals to test new drugs or products doesn’t work because humans are different than other living beings just like each living being is different from each other. So just because a new drug that a human hasn’t taken has been experimented on a beagle doesn’t meant it’s going to work for that human..so why use animals in the first place any longer nowadays to do these type of tests and experiments when they don’t have to any longer and could actually save money by doing so? It’s obvious they are afraid of change.

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    May 3, 2012 6:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Monica

    Yea HEB, let’s all sit down around a table and have a cup of java and discuss this. Your an idiot!

    Thank God for people that DO something instead of just TALK about.

    These people should be commended for getting those poor dogs of of hell.

    Please enlighten us all as to how you would handle this.

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    May 10, 2012 10:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    They only got 30 dogs? …and the farm supplies over 250 dogs to research labs per month? Why didn’t they save more?

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    July 19, 2012 1:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    well done to all those people who saved the dogs I hope they find forever homes and families who love them

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