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.


  1. The power of many can help the few :)

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

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

  4. Kudos to these brave people!!!

  5. <3<3<3<3<<3<3

  6. Silvi says on  04/30/2012 at 8:00 pm

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

  7. Rebecca says on  04/30/2012 at 8:01 pm

    A great organization –

  8. way to go…

  9. i love beagles

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

  11. Just plain awesome! :)

  12. HALLELUJAH!!!!!

  13. Sharen says on  04/30/2012 at 8:04 pm

    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 !!

  14. Natalie says on  04/30/2012 at 8:05 pm


  15. Rose says on  04/30/2012 at 8:05 pm

    I am proud to be Italian 😉

  16. Donna says on  04/30/2012 at 8:08 pm


  17. Kara says on  04/30/2012 at 8:10 pm

    God bless those amazing activists!!!!!

  18. 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?

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

  20. Yeah for you !!!

  21. Amanda says on  04/30/2012 at 8:13 pm

    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?

  22. 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 :(

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

  24. I wish I could have joined them.

  25. Pamela says on  04/30/2012 at 8:16 pm

    There needs to be a Love button for this!

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

  27. Courtney says on  04/30/2012 at 8:17 pm

    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.

  28. James says on  04/30/2012 at 8:22 pm

    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!

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

  30. Yay!

  31. Linda says on  04/30/2012 at 8:33 pm


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

  33. Sara says on  04/30/2012 at 8:33 pm


  34. Suzanne says on  04/30/2012 at 8:33 pm

    Let my puppies go!!!

  35. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  37. Christie says on  04/30/2012 at 8:35 pm

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

  38. Sharon says on  04/30/2012 at 8:36 pm


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

  40. Colleen says on  04/30/2012 at 8:38 pm

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

  41. Vickie says on  04/30/2012 at 8:41 pm


  42. Donna says on  04/30/2012 at 8:44 pm

    Holy cr*p!

  43. Should be more people like this.

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

  45. 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.

  46. Tracie says on  04/30/2012 at 8:49 pm

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

  47. Jenn says on  04/30/2012 at 8:50 pm

    Nice work!

  48. Reta says on  04/30/2012 at 8:52 pm

    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

  49. Sheryl says on  04/30/2012 at 8:55 pm


  50. Sara says on  04/30/2012 at 9:02 pm

    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?

  51. Go activists!!!

  52. Justice says on  04/30/2012 at 9:14 pm

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

  53. Jenny says on  04/30/2012 at 9:16 pm

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

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

  55. 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.

  56. Good job no animal should suffer :)

  57. – unfortunately, it seems that not that many were liberate :(

  58. Nicole says on  04/30/2012 at 9:44 pm

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

  59. Anonymous says on  05/01/2012 at 11:12 am

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

  60. linda says on  05/01/2012 at 11:16 am

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

  61. Cheryl F says on  05/01/2012 at 11:34 am

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

  62. Paula says on  05/01/2012 at 3:24 pm


  63. Anonymous says on  05/01/2012 at 6:40 pm

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

  64. HEB says on  05/01/2012 at 8:44 pm

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

    • Nichole Victoria says on  05/15/2012 at 1:33 am

      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 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.

  65. Monica says on  05/03/2012 at 6:06 pm

    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.

  66. Anonymous says on  05/10/2012 at 10:40 pm

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

  67. Anonymous says on  07/19/2012 at 1:29 pm

    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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