Final Appeal: Please Take Action Now for the AstraZeneca Beagles
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Final Appeal: Please Take Action Now for the AstraZeneca Beagles

UPDATE: We’ve just heard the devastating news that most of the AstraZeneca dogs were shipped to UK laboratories over the past few days.

A few dogs are still left in AstraZeneca’s breeding facility in Örkelljunga, Sweden. Please call AstraZeneca’s board today and ask them to show mercy and rehome the remaining beagles.

The number to call is +46-8-553 260 00.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has been speaking out for these dogs over the past days and weeks, on the phone, by e-mail and on Facebook and Twitter. The response has been remarkable. We’ll keep on working to oppose future shipments of animals for testing, and urging airlines such as Aeronova to change their policies.


Ever since pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca decided to close its dog-breeding facility in Sweden, the fate of more than 300 beagles has been hanging in the balance. AstraZeneca’s plans to ship the dogs to UK laboratories to become victims of horrific animal tests have met with opposition from more than 11,000 PETA supporters, who’ve written to the company to ask that these dogs be spared the cruelty of experimentation and instead be adopted into loving homes.

Yesterday, we heard the disturbing news that a number of the beagles had been shipped to Manchester Airport, transported by the airline Aeronova. Each year, pharmaceutical companies like AstraZeneca hire carriers like Aeronova to transport animals to laboratories that test products on animals in excruciatingly painful and lethal experiments. Specifically, dogs like those at the AstraZeneca facility are likely to be subjected to cruel toxicity tests in which they are injected with or force-fed chemicals and experimental drugs in increasingly higher doses until they become very sick, suffer from seizures and vomiting and/or die.

Time is running out for the remaining dogs. Please contact Aeronova today and ask that the airline refuse to ship any more of the beagles to laboratories in the UK, where the animals will be caged, mutilated, poisoned and killed.


  • Explain that you were very distressed to learn that Aeronova shipped a number of beagles to the UK for cruel animal tests on 26 February.
  • Request that the airline refuse to transport any more beagles from AstraZeneca’s Örkelljunga facility to the UK.
  • Point out that many other leading airlines refuse to transport animals destined for pain and misery in laboratories, including FedEx, UPS, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, British Airways, Aer Lingus and Qantas.
  • Ask Aeronova to make the compassionate choice to adopt a policy against shipping all animals to laboratories. Tell its representatives that you will refuse to fly with Aeronova as long as it continues to be complicit in inhumane tests in which animals are caged, mutilated, poisoned and killed.

Image: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

By acting together now, we can make a difference for these dogs. Please use your voice to speak out for these beagles today.

Watch this space for updates on the situation, and let us know in the comments if you receive a response from Aeronova.

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  1. avatar Marina Sommer says:

    You must stop the horror immediately. Would you like somebody to do the same thing to you? So don’t do it to them!

  2. avatar kelemen nikoletta says:


  3. avatar Gloria Várszegi says:


  4. avatar Berki Judit says:

    I’m really fed up with torturing animals!!!!!!!!!

  5. avatar Zsuzsanna Tarnok says:

    Be vegan make peace!

    • avatar Janice says:

      I have a question for you, Ashleigh….if you were locked up…and people came in to your cage, and forced you in to restraints, and then proceeded to shoot you full of drugs or dropped chemicals into your eyes, or shaved off part of your hair and then jabbed needles into your head….would you call all of that…”ANNOYING”?? I mean come on…a fly flitting around your head is ‘ANNOYING”. Do you SEE my POINT HERE???

  6. avatar Paula says:


  7. avatar Jacqueline Campbell says:

    This is absolutely horrific. Poor darling innocent dogs. It’s just heartbreaking


  9. avatar Noemi Victoria Dorner says:

    Stop it!NOW!

  10. Why have humans decided that it is ok to torture and express whatever evils we can imagine to do to animals. They were not put here to be our victims-they love, live and want peace just as so-called humans do. LEAVE THEM ALONE!!

  11. avatar Nocentini says:

    Stop tortured animals!

  12. People know the risks of smoking and they still choose to smoke. There is absolutely NO reason why these dogs are forced to suffer when they choose long healthy lives. Do your research on the idiotic people that choose to get cancer. Do you even realize how ridiculous your research is?? I don’t know who you people sleep at night let alone live with yourselves. Shame on all of you! You can make this better by stopping this madness. Do what’s right. Choose long healthy lives for these innocent, lovable, dogs.

  13. avatar Monce Belantan says:

    This is cruel and not human !

  14. avatar brian Belantan says:

    stop it please!

  15. avatar simone frosecchi says:

    non si deve sperimentare su esseri viventi

  16. avatar Animal Protection says:

    I used to work at AstraZeneca and UNFORTUNATELY I know exactly how people’s concerns are being handled. They just laugh at these letters and file them. This is it. Cruelty needs to stop. But i know that AZ really do not care… :((((

  17. avatar Noura Al says:

    All of them should know that one day they’ll be questioned for what they
    Did all of them those who helped who sales who shipped who make it possible
    & who did th experiments finally who used th products. I pray for the humanity
    To wake up & hear th voice of mercy within thm. Ameen

  18. avatar marinella says:

    nn si deve sperimentare su esseri viventi…..!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. avatar Mrs Mander says:

    SHAME on all abusers.

  20. avatar Koltai Beáta says:

    I do not want products that are to do with the violence! I believe that animals have the right to live as human beings. More and more people are those who are there listening to shun this kind of manner made ​​products. And more and more people are convinced by myself! Violence can not be a legitimate thing! Neither animals nor humans could not have the means of obtaining money in my opinion! This is not linked to etikákkal what aggatnak us too!

  21. avatar sara hawgood says:

    This is a disgrace! All of us on here feel the same….but i cant help thinking that we are just not doing enough….we need to be more active in our fight against this……if i knew where this went on i would break in myself to save them…no matter the consequences :-(

  22. avatar Илона says:

    Животные имеют право на существование с любящими их людьми. Нельзя использовать их для опытов, пыток!!!!! Категорически! Женщины могут и обойтись без кремов, испытанных на животных…

  23. avatar Vicky Cole says:

    Cancer Research and British Heart Foundation use barbaric animal research and AZ has been involved with Huntingdon Life Science the renowned animal torture lab, people have a right to protest and the labs should be closed down- this is to make money , people are dying because already available drugs are too expensive and lifestyle is not taken into account

  24. avatar Suzy Flower says:

    Hi I think that people need to realise that we have different ways of testing and not on animals we could use technology and plants and not animals at least there is the Beagle Freedom Project who do a fantastic job releasing the dogs . Please let’s stop during animals now .

  25. avatar Suzy Flower says:

    Free the poor animals let them be free lets put an end to it now let’s put the animal testers through the pain that the poor animals go through

  26. avatar Githa St.John-Ives says:

    Please stop this cruelty.

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