Anyway, I recently came across an article on Newsday on this merger. I was astonished by the following paragraph:
The Rabies Challenge Fund, which she [an AVAR member] helped found, is testing the duration of immunity of the rabies vaccine to see if it extends as far as five to seven years. At the end of the vaccine trial, all the beagles will be euthanized so their brains can be examined for signs of the disease - the only definitive way to diagnose rabies.
I don't think a veterinarian for animal rights would test on beagles. I hope the newly-formed HSVMA does away with this. I'm going to assume this member of AVAR is an outcast and does not represent the organization as a whole.