Beagle | 13.01.2011 03:09 | Animal Liberation
"Thirty six dogs have been rescued by a group of animal rights activists from the breeding facility of animals for experiments Harlan Interfauna located in the outskirts of the catalonian town Sant Feliu de Codines (Catalonia, Spain), offering a new life to these animals in this new year.
Once inside we documented the miserable life of these animals and start preparing their transportation. Permanently locked in the kennels without being able to run, play, explore their environment or relate with each other, several of them had sores –as shown in the images we filmed that night- since they had to sleep in winter in direct contact with the cold concrete that was covered with their own feces and urine.
One of the rescued dogs was living in total isolation without any kind of contact with the other animals. This is a form of psychological torture for social animals who need the company of other animals. Others were so anxious on having any contact and stimuli after been in those kennels for nearly four years that they desperately tried to touch us through the bars and call our attention in any way possible. When we entered into their kennel, they excitedly jumped onto us looking for affection. Few minutes later they happily accompanied us out of that place in the first walk free they do in their whole lives.
Given their mental and physical health, all rescued animals have been examined by vets. Some required all our attention to help them overcome the constant fear they were living in. All of them have already been brought to safe homes where they will be loved and protected. We don't know how long will it take till they trust humans again but we are sure that the attention and care they receive in their new homes will manage to open its way to their hearts and they'll live happy and safe for the rest of their lives.
After a harsh life in the catalonian facilities of Harlan Interfauna –no different from Green Hill in Italy or Marshall in EEUU- a worse fate was waiting for these animals: been transported to vivisection labs in which they would be permanently locked in cages, they would only get out of them to be used in experiments. All of them were born with the sentence of becoming victims of toxicity tests, biomedical and veterinary research, or military experiments that would finally end up with their lives.
The activists who have carried out this action are vegans and reject speciesism as well as any kind of animal exploitation, including vivisection as in this case, or the consumption of animal products, their use in shows or for our clothing. We think the only important characteristic to respect others is their capacity to feel, not their species, sex or race of belonging. We want to advance toward a society free from discriminations where non human animals are not regarded as inferior beings to be used as resources, but individuals whose rights deserve full respect.
We will continue rescuing animals and denouncing their exploitation until the last cage is empty and other forms of oppression to animals become part of the past.
Lastly, we want to dedicate this action to all the activists who fight to end vivisection and remember all the animals that are right now in the breeding facilities and laboratories."