Harlan Laboratories are a company who breed animals for use inside vivisection laboratories across the world. In the UK, Harlan act as the sole breeder of beagle dogs for research purposes and hold a colony of five-hundred dogs at their site at Wyton, Cambridgeshire.
In 2011 the National Anti-Vivisection Alliance (NAVA) released the findings of an investigation into the company’s dog breeding centre, revealing horrific instances of animal cruelty and neglect to the beagles’ welfare.
Photographic and video evidence showed concrete kennel units covered in faeces and dirt, in which the only source of stimulation provided was a wooden box. It was revealed how the only exercise provided was twenty-minutes a week of being in the corridor of the units, opposed to small pens. As a result, fights would regularly break out amongst these normally-docile animals.
Managerial staff were accused of punching and kicking dogs during training sessions. Others drew on the faces of beagles with marker pen and shaved obscene language into their fur. A former employee stated:
“One of the trainers went into a pen and held down a dog with his knee. He was kicking the dog while he held it down to try and subdue it. Then he started punching it and then he held it up by the throat and said to it: ‘So are you going to stop’?”