Kevin Chase, The Beagle Freedom Project

 

Kevin Chase—Director of Operations at The Beagle Freedom Project—provides an overview of the origin of BFP (a service of Animal Rescue, Media & Education [ARME]) and its mission, which chiefly involves rescuing and finding home for beagles that had been used in laboratory research. kevin_aboutHe also discusses why beagles’ key traits make them the go-to breed for lab testing and experimentation, that some 70,000 dogs are currently being used for such research, 96% of which are beagles, and the sort of operations that provide the beagles for this purpose. Chase also describes the conditions for the beagles in these lab settings, the sorts of products are being tested on the beagles, and how the beagles who are freed from lab life typically react and adapt, including the beagel freedom projectpowerfully poignant moment when the dogs who’ve only known cages and dark enclosures, first experience sunlight and grass under their paws. While noting that the Beagle Freedom Project has only secured the release of 120 beagles thus far—and explaining the barriers to facilities feeling inclined to release large numbers (starting with the labs shunning publicity)—Chase explained BFP’s procedures for fostering and adopting these dogs, urging listeners to visit the organization’s website to learn more, watch videos and apply to foster or adopt a beagle. (www.beaglefreedomproject.org www.facebook.com/BeagleFreedomProject)

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ALSO: We spoke briefly with Alicia Duval, Vice-President of Dachshund Adoption Rescue & Education (DARE), about the organization and about a then-forthcoming fundraising event. (www.daretorescue.com)

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MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,”  instrumentals

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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