The non-profit holistic medicine organization known as Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is campaigning against the Taiwanese government's plans to expose Beagle puppies to rabies. As of September 19, 2013 the petition has collected 30,000 signatures on Change.org. According to the petition site, the experiment is unnecessary. The appeal reads as follows:
The Taiwanese Council of Agriculture (COA) is planning to test whether a new strain of rabies will spread from ferret-badgers to dogs. It aims to inject rabies into at least 14 puppies, and it is hoping that the world will turn a blind eye to this awful experiment. But it is already well-known that rabies can infect warm-blooded animals.
As World Rabies Day on Sept. 28th approaches, COA should be focusing on an aggressive rabies vaccination campaign asking all citizens of Taiwan to vaccinate their dogs and other animals – instead of wasting valuable time, effort, and money on useless experiments.
Concerned individuals can still sign the petition online by clicking on the link posted above. The goal of the physicians group is to collect another 14,000 signatures.