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5/1/09: Profit From Misery
Dogs And Cats Sold To Research
Every year, hundreds of animals in shelters become victims of pound seizure,
as they are purchased by class B dealers who then sell them at an enormous
profit to research and education facilities, where they are used in invasive
and painful experimental procedures. Such was the case with Cruella, a
shepherd cross found in Carson City, Michigan, wearing a purple collar…
READ CRUELLA’S STORY: http://www.dyingtolearn.org/cruella.html
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Dear Representative and Senators:
Congress can help save thousands of companion animals like Bo Obama (or like
your own furry family members) by proposing legislation that outlaws the
sale of random source animals to biomedical research, product testing and
education. Your swift action can spare cats and dogs from invasive
surgeries, toxic dosing, pain, loneliness and death inside a laboratory.
Controversial class B dealers buy animals from shelters (pound seizure),
free-to-good-home ads, and other “random sources” for lucrative sale to
research facilities. Some employ “bunchers” to steal dogs from yards and
cars. Any shelter that engages in pound seizure with a Class B dealer has
forsaken its role as a refuge for lost or surrendered animals.
I respectfully ask you to introduce legislation that ends the sale and
shipment of “pets” to research centers nationwide. In a recent study from
AnimaLearn, a nonprofit working with teachers and students to achieve
quality humane science education, 52% of reviewed universities utilize dogs
and cats in life science, veterinary, and medical instruction.
This is astonishingly irresponsible, given strides in in-vitro cell
technology, computer automation, and innovations such as the simulated
immune system Modular Immune In Vitro Construct (MIMIC). Old-fashioned
animal research keeps the U.S. out of sync with global progress.
Researchers at Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
elsewhere have begun to replace animals with complex microtissues made from
cultured cells. Brown’s Jeffrey R. Morgan, medical science and engineering
professor, led a team that layered cells 3-dimensionally to copy live human
organs. This human-centric model not only yields data more relevant to
people, but also cuts costs to confine, feed, dissect and discard animals.
Random source Class B dealers are notoriously inhumane, yet our laws let
them profit from the misery of gentle animals. Congress not only has the
power to shut them down, but to also restrict the publicly despised practice
of pound seizure. I strongly urge you to advocate legislation that protects
companion animals by banning class B dealers and pound seizure.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Dying To Learn: Supply Line of Dogs and Cats in Higher Education
The American Anti-Vivisection Society
Victim of Pound Seizure: Meet Cruella (E6993)
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