In Burgundy, a haven of peace for laboratory beagles

Virginie Mouseler, founder of the Beagles de Bourgogne association, collects dogs from animal experimentation throughout Europe, rehabilitates them and finds them a family. Credit: Marie-Stella Papeghin

The founder of the Beagles de Bourgogne association regularly travels the continent to promote dogs resulting from animal experimentation, in order to avoid euthanasia and find them a family.

Adopting a laboratory dog ​​is a special experience,” smile Aurélie and Geoffrey. This couple from Lille traveled to Yonne with their three daughters and their dog to adopt Lino, a young beagle from a European laboratory. Virginie Mouseler, founder of the Beagles de Bourgogne association, regularly travels the continent to care for dogs resulting from animal experimentation. Objective: to avoid euthanasia, rehabilitate them and find them a family. In France alone, more than 4,000 dogs are used each year for animal experimentation, mostly golden retrievers and beagles, which have a certain genetic proximity to humans.

In her large house with red shutters, she regularly welcomes a dozen boarders. “I dreamed of creating this association for twenty years”, assures Virginia. She finally won two years ago. “I’ve sent thousands of letters to the labs…

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