Posted by: kinshipcircle | January 7, 2009

Misery for Profit at Michigan Pound

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1/7/09: Misery For Profit At Michigan Pound
This issue
comes up for a vote at the commissioners meeting, 1/12/09
FOR A FORMATTED LETTER (WORD DOC), EMAIL: kinshipcircle@accessus.net
Easily modify letter. Copy/paste it into an email or print letter to fax or mail.

LT PHOTO: She was a sweet, shy yellow Lab named Liz… By all accounts, Liz
should have been adopted quickly, but for whatever reason her time ran out
at the Montcalm County animal shelter in Stanton, Michigan last week… READ
MORE ABOUT LIZ AND OTHER ANIMALS FOR SALE TO RESEARCH LABS:
Michigan Deals with the Devil, http://www.poocini.com/report/archives/964

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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION. Sample Letter Follows
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Many alerts currently circulating the Internet about Montcalm County’s pound
seizure practice ask activists to CALL and/or SNAIL-MAIL comments, rather
than email them: “Please…write a good old-fashioned letter and copy it 9
times. Often when email is sent for something like this the commissioners
will simply hit DELETE.”

STREET ADDRESS FOR ALL COMMISSIONERS:
Montcalm County Commissioners
Administrative Building, 3rd Floor
211 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888

Commissioner Marcia Walker
home: 616-754-8236; email: lloydwalker@chartermi.net

Commissioner Tom Lindeman
home: 616-754-4918; email: tblindeman@sbcglobal.net

Commissioner Ron Retzloff
home: 989-235-6827; email: comish@casair.net

Commissioner John Johansen
home: 616-754-5375; email: johm@pathwaynet.com

Commissioner Carl Paepke
home: 616-636-5692; email: johm@pathwaynet.com

Commissioner Ron Baker
home: 231-937-5465; email: rbaker68amx@hotmail.com

Commissioner Pat Carr
home: 989-352-8129; NO EMAIL

Commissioner Roger Caris
home: 989-268-5875; email: rcaris@gccmha.org

Commissioner John McCrackin
home: 989-584-3713; NO EMAIL

City of Stanton, Mayor Robert Burns
225 S. Camburn St.
P.O. Box 449
Stanton, MI 48888
ph: 989 831-4440; fax: 989-831-5756
email: mayor@cityofstantonmi.com

Montcalm County Animal Control
154 W. Quarterline St.
P.O. Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888
ph: 989-831-7355; fax: 989-831-7410

*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee validity of email addresses. During
campaigns, recipients may change or disable their email addresses. Emails
from government or corporate websites may be incorrect.

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SAMPLE LETTER —
This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
Try to shorten and personalize your letter before sending.
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Dear Montcalm County Officials:

Please do not send companion animals to research laboratories. I implore you
to cancel the county’s contract with R & R Research, Inc. and never again
engage a Class B dealer to dispose of homeless animals.

Behind a lab’s closed doors, animals undergo invasive surgeries, toxic
dosing, food/water deprivation, and prolonged pain. Still, your taxpayers
subsidize pound seizure whether they like it or not. They indirectly fund
animal tests that delay medical progress with misleading results.

It is particularly irresponsible to support animal research when strides in
in-vitro technology, computer automation, and many more animal-free methods
now uncover data relevant to human health and safety.

Clearly, there is no altruism in dealing cats and dogs for research. There
is only profit. In 2006, USDA records reveal R & R Research of Howard City,
Michigan grossed $196,723 from the sale of 621 dogs and cats. Moreover, R &
R flaunts an unethical history. A 2006 USDA citation shows R & R illegally
transported dogs chained to a livestock trailer. In 2005, R & R was cited
for procuring dogs and cats from Howard City, where there is no pound.
Apparently officials sold their strays to R & R.

Before that, the Michigan Attorney General ordered R & R to pull its “animal
shelter” listing in the yellow pages. In the 1990s, a WOOD TV investigative
video portrayed R & R owners gassing animals in a corroded “CO2 barrel.”

At the very least, Montcalm officials ought to be embarrassed by their
relationship with a Class B dealer. I strongly encourage you to terminate
your contract with R & R and permanently stop pound seizure — a shady
practice abandoned by most counties nationwide.

This issue has generated worldwide publicity via the Internet. I look
forward to your feedback.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Michigan deals with the devil
http://www.poocini.com/report/archives/964
Montcalm County Animal “Shelter” Cruelty Exposed
http://www.michanimalnews.com/Montcalm_Animal_Control.html
Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
http://www.cccmontcalm.org/
Michigan Animal Shelter Ships Animals to Class B Research Dealer
http://www.michanimalnews.com/co2_euth_followup.html
R&R Research; 19256 W. Kendaville Rd.; Howard City, MI 49329; 231-937-5680
http://guide.labanimal.com/guide/companyd.jsp?b=5285
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Responses

  1. Thanks so much for posting the article. IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: the city council will be meeting either the 12th or 26th of January to either reinstate or dump the R&R contract.
    Please send in those letters quickly!

    • Glad to help! Please keep us posted.

  2. R&R Research also has a contract in the neighboring county of Gratiot. That contract is up for renewal now. Please send a letter to Gratiot commissioners as well, bsmith@co.gratiot.mi.us.
    Thank you.


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