Italy: Activists (The 86%) Rescue Beagles Destined for Vivisection From Breeding Facility


Italian Activists Rescue Beagles Destined for Vivisection from Breeding Facility

In broad daylight today, as reported in the Italian newspaper Giornale di Brescia, Italian activists conducted a bold and daring raid of Green Hill, one of Europe’s largest breeder of beagles for vivisection labs, and rescued at least thirty beagles destined for painful procedures inside laboratories and eventual death from either the fatal results of experiments or the slaughter afterwards when they are deemed no longer useful.

At least 1000 activists organized by Occupy Green Hill who came from all over northern Italy started their procession in Montichiari, a city about 60 miles east of Milan where Green Hill is located.

Many of them wore signs saying “We are the 86%,” referring to the percentage of Italians polled who were opposed to animal-based experimentation. On their approach close to Green Hill they were met by police and roadblocks. Groups of activists then cut through the fields and across other streets to the fences surrounding the facility.

There, about 300-400 demonstrators tried to open gates in the perimeter as teams of mobile riot police and police who were deployed tried to contain them. On the side of the gates, however, the protesters opened a breach in the fence and broke into the farm, with others simply scaling the fence, carefully avoiding the barbed-wire.

Once inside they scrambled into the sheds and rescued at least thirty dogs, many of them being handed over the fence to waiting hands on the other side.

At the end of the day, it was reported that police had arrested 13 people. Some protesters said they had suffered violence by some officials.

So why Green Hill?

Within Europe, Green Hill is now the largest breeder of dogs destined for laboratories. Green Hill houses 5 sheds which imprisons 2500 adult dogs, plus several litters. The sheds are closed, aseptic, without open spaces and without natural light or air. Rows and rows of cages with artificial lighting and ventilation system are the environment in which these dogs grow before being loaded onto a truck and shipped to laboratories where abuse and pain await them.

Among the clients of Green Hill are university laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and renowned trial centers as the notorious Huntingdon Life Sciences in England.

Who profits from Green Hill?

Several years ago Marshall Farms Inc., an American firm, acquired the company. Marshall is infamous throughout the world as the largest “producer” of dogs for the vivisection industry. The Marshall beagle is actually a standard variety.

For about €450-900 ($600-1200) you can buy dogs of any age. For those who are willing to pay more one can also obtain a pregnant mother.

Green Hill and Marshall also offer its customers on-demand surgical treatments, such as the cutting or removal of vocal cords so “researchers” cannot hear their cries of pain.

Marshall’s dogs are shipped by air all over the world, but with the purchase of Green Hill as the European headquarters and the construction of a huge farm in China, Marshall is pursuing a plan of expansion and market monopoly.

To Green Hill and Marshall Farm, animals are merely merchandise, commodities to just breed and sell without any thought to the pain and suffering — both mental and physical — that they will suffer. Through the work of these activists, a few lives were saved from the horrors of industry, and shows to those who profit from the lives of innocent beings that oppression will not be tolerated.


Green Hill Farm in Italy may not be the beautiful location it sounds — according to Diana Donadei it is a prison to 2500 beagle dogs. She says the beagles are kept in rows of cages with artificial lighting and poor ventilation, only to be released to vivisection labs where they’re experimented on while still alive.

Diana was horrified after hearing about the beagles’ plight so started a campaign on calling for the immediate closure of the facility.

Click here to join Diana’s campaign and send a clear message to the Italian government that they must take action to stop the breeding of beagles for vivisection.

Laura, an animal lover from London, is one of 30,000 people to have already joined the campaign and she will be delivering the petition on Wednesday to the Italian embassy on Diana’s behalf.

Will you help Laura and Diana to reach 50,000 signatures before Wednesday and increase the pressure on the Italian Government to close Green Hill Farm?

Diana and Laura know that the Italian Government care deeply about their reputation in other European countries and that they will close Green Hill Farm if there’s an international outcry, so they’re asking people across Europe to join their campaign and speak out to save the beagles.

Click here to help Diana and Laura save the beagles now.

Thanks for being part of this,

Saira and the team

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Hygiene and Animal Welfare: a TV programme confirms the appalling situation in French abattoirs
Posted on 21/02/2012

Last Thursday, France 2, one of the main French TV Channels broadcast a report titled: “What’s behind meat in France”.

The report, partly shot with OABA’s participation, and prepared with the help of Eurogroup, and our other French member organisations, unveiled a disastrous situation. It made clear that hygiene and animal welfare controls were not satisfactory in most French abattoirs, and that even if the situation has slightly improved over the last four years, 11% of them are still classified in category IV, which means they do not comply with basic legislative rules. The journalists also pointed out the recurrent lack of official veterinarians, especially for ante mortem inspection and at the slaughtering point, the generalisation of slaughter without stunning (in 100% of abattoirs in the Paris region and for sheep) and the impossibility for the consumer to know whether the animals have been stunned or not.


Serious animal welfare failures revealed in Spanish slaughterhouses
Posted on 22/02/2012

Eurogroup for Animals is horrified by the report published recently by the Food and Veterinary Office on the state of Spanish slaughterhouses. The report follows an audit carried out in May 2011 which aimed at evaluating the official controls related to slaughter and processing of fresh meat, in particular fresh ovine and equine meat.

The report reveals that in six out of eight slaughterhouses, the performance of the food performance operator was s poor and workers were not properly trained and were not using the appropriate slaughter techniques. Significant problems with cleaning and slaughter hygiene were reported. In three slaughterhouses, major deficiencies relating to the potential contamination of meat were detected; public health risks could not be excluded as a result. Finally, in four of the seven slaughterhouses animal welfare requirements laid down in Council Directive 93/119/EC were not respected, in particular stunning operations for lambs and horses.

Eurogroup is shocked by this appalling situation and urges the Spanish Competent Authority to take immediate measures to correct the multiple deficiencies identified. It is even more important the Spanish authorities remain under pressure to ensure they not only correct what is wrong now but prepare to implement the new Slaughter Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 as of 1 January 2013.


Greece bans animals in circuses
Posted on 06/02/2012

Eurogroup is extremely delighted that the Greek government has banned the use of all animals in circuses following a successful campaign led by Member Organisation GAWF, Animal Defenders International and backed by over 50 local animal protection groups across the country.

The new law adopted in plenary at the Greek Parliament last week bans all animal exhibitions and/or performances in circuses, theatres and any other similar entertaining businesses, with exceptions made for horse races, pet shops, zoos and shows.

The new law also addresses issues concerning stray animals.

This news comes a few weeks after the Austrian Constitutional Court dismissed a complaint against the existing ban on the keeping of wild animals in circuses in Austria, and this great victory sends a clear signal to other European Countries, especially Germany and UK on their way to implement such a ban and which no longer have any excuses for not taking the necessary actions.

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UK Government to ban wild animals in circuses
Posted on 01/03/2012

UK Government announces it will pursue a ban on wild animals in circuses, but in the mean time implement a licensing system.

Last year despite overwhelming public support for a ban on wild animals in circuses, the UK government proposed to move forward with a licensing scheme rather than a ban. This caused a massive outcry by NGOs, the public and Parliament which may have finally been heard by the Ministry. Now, the UK has said it will work towards a ban while implementing a licensing scheme in the interim to secure the welfare of animals still being used by circuses.

A public consultation has been opened on the licensing system until 25 April. Defra states that government appointed inspectors, paid for by the circus industry, will be used to cover training and performance, transport, on-site temporary housing and winter housing for the animals. NGOs will closely monitor the developments to ensure the UK government establishes a firm deadline for transitioning to a full ban on wild animals in circuses.

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OIE and member countries urged to implement OIE rules after tragedy in Port Said
Posted on 12/03/2012

Horrifying reports recently revealed that 2700 of the 5600 cattle that were carried from Brazil to Egypt to be slaughtered for food died on board the vessel Gracia Del Mar as result of extreme weather conditions in the Mediterranean and after being refused permission to dock at Port Said, Egypt. The health status of the surviving animals upon arrival was also noted as very poor.

Following this tragedy, which is probably one the worst the live export industry has ever seen, the International Coalition for Animal Welfare (ICFAW) which represents several animal welfare organisations including Eurogroup for Animals urges in a letter sent to Bernard Vallat, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to put its own recommendations in practice with immediate effect so that it can respond promptly and effectively to future incidents of this nature. Brazil and Egypt are also similarly implicated for not having called on the OIE to meditate.

ICFAW also stresses the importance of encouraging and assisting member countries to implement the OIE recommendations so they can have a beneficial impact on day-to-day transport and slaughter operations. The coalition further offers opportunity for constructive work with the OIE to help member countries implement these recommendations.

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