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5/21/09: Stop Dog Mutilation In Ohio State University Lab
Dogs used in research, shown in “surgical jackets” and a surgical hood. Both
dogs in photo are affiliated with Huntingdon Life Sciences experiments — and
are NOT dogs from Ohio State University. PETA reviewed the records for 10
dogs recently used by Ohio State University’s Dr. George Billman and found
evidence that federal regulations may have been violated, including failure
to minimize pain, discomfort, and distress; failure to provide adequate
veterinary care; and failure to euthanize animals who were in extreme
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Dr. Gordon Gee, President of Ohio State University
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President Gee, Dr. Billman, OSU Office of Responsible Research Practices:
The Ohio State University’s 27-year old dog experiments are astonishingly
irresponsible. Nowadays, human-focused models yield more relevant data and
cut costs to confine, feed, dissect and discard animals.
Dr. George Billman, however, relies on old-fashioned vivisection to “prove”
the established concept that exercise strengthens the cardiovascular system.
He slices dogs open to implant an artery cuff, stitches the dogs back
together, and makes them run on treadmills. He then constricts the cuff to
induce a coronary artery occlusion. Some 768 dogs have undergone this
invasive procedure. At least 256 perished during or after surgery — before
any theories could be evaluated.
Please end this magnificent waste of tax dollars, time and life. I call upon
OSU to replace animal mutilation with human-centric methods. For example,
researchers at Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
elsewhere use 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 replicate live human organs.
As you know, in-vitro cell technology, computer automation and other
innovations are gradually rendering animal research obsolete. I encourage
OSU experimenters to keep pace with evolving global standards.
Plainly, dogs are not people. Size, location, texture and elasticity of
their internal organs differ from humans. Moreover, findings published in
Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science show animals display stress
reactions that influence the researcher’s understanding of scientific
discovery. In fact, animal studies can endanger humans with misleading data.
Medical science is better served by applicable and humane non-animal
systems. Please stop these futile dog experiments immediately.
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Live Dogs Mutilated and Abused in Ohio State University Laboratory
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