Activists release dogs being used for tests by lab in Brazil

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 12:33 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) — Animal rights activists and police have been clashing in front of a laboratory in Brazil that used dogs for drug tests.

The confrontation came a day after activists broke into the lab and released 178 beagles being used to test for adverse effects of drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry.

Local police say about 500 activists, including members of an anarchist group, today tried to break through barriers set up in front of the lab, threw rocks and set fire to a police car and media vehicles. Police responded with tear gas and pepper spray. There's no word on arrests or injuries.

None of the dogs take from the lab Friday have been recovered.

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APPHOTO XNA104: A demonstrator places a sticker of a dog that reads in Portuguese "Say no to vivisection!" on the shield of a police officer standing guard outside the Instituto Royal laboratory during a protest against drug testing on animals in Sao Roque, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Clashes with police outside the lab came one day after activists broke into the lab and released beagle dogs being used to test for adverse effects of drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry. Protesters returned Saturday to see if there were more animals in the building. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine) (19 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO XNA101: Masked demonstrators try to break through a police barrier to enter the Instituto Royal laboratory as they protest drug testing on animals in Sao Roque, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. The clash came one day after activists broke into the lab and released beagle dogs being used to test for adverse effects of drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry. Protesters returned Saturday to see if there wer more animals in the building. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine) (19 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO XNA105: A masked demonstrator kicks an empty police car on a road near the entrance to the Instituto Royal laboratory during a protest against drug testing on animals in Sao Roque, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Clashes with police outside the lab came one day after activists broke into the lab and released beagle dogs being used to test for adverse effects of drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry. Protesters returned Saturday to see if there were more animals in the building. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine) (19 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO XNA107: A press car from the Globo TV station burns after being set on fire by demonstrators, as police stand guard outside the Instituto Royal laboratory during a protest against drug testing on animals in Sao Roque, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Clashes with police outside the lab came one day after activists broke into the lab and released beagle dogs being used to test for adverse effects of drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry. Protesters returned Saturday to see if there were more animals in the building. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine) (19 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO XNA112: Masked demonstrators walk around a destroyed police car that was set on fire during a protest against drug testing on animals outside the Instituto Royal laboratory in Sao Roque, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Clashes with police outside the lab came one day after activists broke into the lab and released beagle dogs being used to test for adverse effects of drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine) (19 Oct 2013)

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