Heroic.

On April 28 activists in Northern Italy–over 1000 of them–raided a facility that breeds beagles for the purposes of vivisection.  The facility, Green Hill Breeders, breeds beagles to meet a variety of special orders, and has even fulfilled client requests to provide beagles without vocal chords so they do not howl when being tortured. The activists liberated 25 beagles. Twelve people were arrested–it remains to be seen how they will be treated. It’s worth noting that in the United States, this kind of act would qualify as terrorism. It’s also worth noting that the North American press has not touched upon this heroic event. Too busy, I suppose, arranging contests assuring us that it’s perfectly okay to raise, kill, and commodify animals as long as the “biotic” community is unharmed.

In any case, here is a video of the rescue:

http://video.corriere.it/blitz-canile-liberazione-beagle/69e39b50-9157-11e1-9c63-0823a340624b

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About James McWilliams
I'm a historian and writer based in Austin, Texas. This blog is dedicated to exploring the ethics of eating animals and animal-based products.

7 Responses to Heroic.

  1. Morna Crites-Moore says:

    What the facility was doing with those puppies should be criminal. I’m loving all those 1,000 Italian activists. I can’t picture 1,000 Americans doing this. And if you could drum up 1,000 Americans for an act like this, you can bet it would quickly turn ugly – police in full military gear with pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets, at the very least.

  2. brian lindberg says:

    I hope they burned down the goddam building while they were at it (uh oh…homeland security is going to snag this one).

  3. Ellie Maldonado says:

    Thanks for posting this video. Bravo, Italian activists!

    I’m absolutely certain I read about a town in Italy that banned animal testing a few years ago. I thought it was San Matteo, but nothing comes up in San Matteo or anywhere else across the globe. I don’t know if it was a false story, or if the law was revoked.

  4. CQ says:

    Your titling one blog “Pathetic” and another one the same day “Heroic” points to the difference between the self-indulgent, self-justifying nature of taking lives and the self-renouncing, self-abnegating nature of saving lives. The moral courage of the latter magnifies the immoral cowardice of the former. And vice versa.

    • Provoked says:

      Quite an astute observation CQ… I’d say you and James are on to something!

      That photo makes me teary eyed… So sad and yet so wonderful at the same time! Hooray brave heroes!

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