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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Bred and born for life in a cage, beagles are the subject of experiments and sometimes outright torture. They are the most popular breed for this type of treatment because they are trusting and friendly.
In a laboratory in Ohio, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say beagles were force-fed the painkiller Oxycontin.
It happens across the U.S., but at least two beagles in California
managed to get away. Bigsby and Freedom survived years of experimentation
at a research facility in Northern California until they were saved by
Shannon Keith. The activist and animal rights attorney won't say which
facility she saved them from. Keith hopes by keeping the lab's name out
of the news, more beagles will be
"I jumped at the chance to save them," she said. "It is a university,
it is in California and these particular beagles were subjected to
"I'm not a terrorist," Vlasak said. "I don't think I've inflicted terror on anybody who didn't deserve to have terror inflicted on them."
Vlasak compares animal rights to the U.S. Civil Rights movement and says murder may be justified to stop animal experimentation.
"All of these successful liberation struggles have always involved violence or the threat of violence," he said. "I would hope that hurting, killing or assassinating would not be necessary. I would say it would be morally justified if all other methods failed."
For that reason, FBI special agent Steven Gomez says the AFL is a threat.