The Logan City Council has an agreement with the University of Queensland Veterinarian School allowing the school to acquire homeless pets from the shelter for live-animal teaching purposes.
Animals suffer from vivisection, botched surgeries, drug overdoses and are eventually euthanized.
While the shelter claims no "adoptable" animals are transfered to the University, insider information states otherwise. It is believed that some animals don't even get the chance at being adopted before they're sent to the school.
With many effective alternatives available, such as the use of cadavers and surgery simulators, the use of live animals for educational purposes is obsolete.
Sign the petition below to tell Logan City Council to end their agreement and stop sending homeless pets to the University.
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- Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland
Hon Tim Mulherin
Please end the transfer of Logan City's homeless pets to the University of Queensland.
The use of live animals in the name of education is inhumane and teaches future veterinarians that not all life is equal. Alternatives such as the use of surgery simulations, models and cadavers have been proven to be at least as effective as the usage of live animals.
Animals often suffer from botched surgeries, drug overdoses and needless vivisection before they meet their ultimate demise and are euthanized. While the shelter claims no "adoptable" animal is sent to the University, other sources state healthy and behaviorally sound animals are sent.
No animal -- adoptable or not -- deserves to suffer. Furthermore, the relationship creates distrust within the community. A shelter should offer a safe place for homeless animals and lost pets, not be a place of fear.
In 2008, Brisbane City Council ended their relationship with the University of Queensland and no longer sends homeless pets to the school. I urge you to follow in their footsteps and end Logan City's agreement with the University.
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