Alec Baldwin Urges Taiwan Not to Infect Beagle Puppies with Rabies
Alec Baldwin wrote to the Taiwanese government in October urging the country to spare beagle puppies from rabies experiments that will not protect the health of animals or humans.
“I have two dogs myself, and want them to be safe from the threat of rabies, so I understand your concern about the recent rabies outbreak in Taiwan and your desire to protect the city’s animals and humans,” wrote Baldwin. “But infecting beagle puppies with this new strain of rabies isn’t the answer, since we already know that all variants can infect any warm-blooded animals.”
In September, actress Maggie Q wrote to Taiwan, “I strongly believe that the lives of animals matter and that we must not cause harm to one to protect another when the only result will be to prove what has already been repeatedly demonstrated.”
This summer, Taiwan experienced its first case of rabies in more than 52 years. It is already well known that rabies infects all warm-blooded animals, and the best way to stop the spread of the virus is through vaccination. But the Taiwanese Council of Agriculture is planning to test the infectivity of the virus by injecting beagle puppies and other animals with rabies. The experiments are not supported by rabies experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the experiments will not help outbreak control.
To learn read the letters, visit PCRM.org/Rabies.