News: Beagles in Italy free from vivisection

By Glauce Ferrari — July 26, 2012

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Italians who fight against animal exploration have something to celebrate this week. After days of protesting against Green Hill, a company that breeds beagles for vivisection labs where many thousands of Italians marched against animal testing, the Italian breeder was closed last week. On July 18th, the police confiscated the dogs and on Monday (July 23rd) the prosecutors signed the legal procedure that places the dogs in the hands of animal rights organizations.

“In the next days, a pool of organizations will start working to move all the dogs and hopefully find new homes for all of them,” says Claudio (who preferred be identified just for his first name), from the group Fermare Green Hill (“Stop Green Hill”).

What is Green Hill?

Green Hill is a company located in Montichiari (Brescia), Italy, that breeds beagles for vivisection labs. More than 250 dogs each month from Green Hill are turned over to vivisectors and operation tables. “Dogs are born to die and sentenced to suffer,” said Fermare Green Hill.

After the collapse of Stefano Morini, the other Italian breeder of beagles, Green Hill has received even more demand, expanding and becoming one of the leading kennels on the European animals market.

Inside Green Hill, 2,500 adult dogs and puppies are locked inside five huts. Among the customers of Green Hill are university laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and renowned centers of experimentation, like the notorious Huntingdon Life Sciences in England, the largest laboratory of animal torture in Europe.

Green Hill is being sued; among the alleged offenses is one of cruelty to animals. The Public Prosecutor at the Court of Brescia provided the intervention.

What Fermare Green Hill does

The group Fermare Green Hill was established in April 2010 by launching a campaign to stop the planned extension of the structure in Montichiari that imprisons 2,500 beagles.

“Since the first demonstration on April 24, 2010, a national and international mobilization for the closure of this camp, the fight against vivisection and to bring to the attention of as many people as possible our ideas against “speciesism” and exploitation of all animals, was born,” says Fermare Green Hill.

When asked what the hardest part of fighting against companies like Green Hill is, Claudio says, “The hardest part is when you think you are not going to succeed because of their power, both political and economical. Sometimes it’s really hard to cope with it. But we believe in determination and stamina as the key of campaigning, and also this time it proved us to be on the winning end of the battle.”

How people can help?

At this point, Fermare Green Hill says, “News is coming really fast, but at the moment it seems the campaign has been won. Now we need a lot of energy and money to rehouse the dogs. More

information on this will come soon, as the organizations decides the contacts and details to spread for people willing to adopt some of these lovely animals saved from torture and imprisonment.”

Poster from Fermare Green Hill website

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