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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

An investigation by the White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments.  It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the incoming administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.

Dr. Larry Hansen and the White Coat Waste Project
183,467 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Roy Blunt (Congressman), Peter Kinder, Jeremiah Nixon

University of Missouri put acid in the eyes of 6 beagle puppies then euthanized them.

In Columbia, Missouri, researchers at the University of Missouri – Columbia blinded six young beagles under the age of one after damaging their corneas and then killed the dogs because the experiment failed, reports the Daily News. In an April 7 study, researchers blinded the six puppies in their left eye, split them into two groups and then tested a treatment for corneal ulcers. The experiment failed – and all of the pups were killed; their eyes removed and stored for future study. “The university researchers killed these six beagles after purposely damaging their corneas by pouring an experimental acid into them and then killing them when they’re done because  the experiment failed,” stated Kevin Chase, vice president of the Beagle Freedom Project, a nonprofit who finds homes for dogs who survive experimental laboratory research. Chase went on to explain that regardless of the results of the experiment, the research would have been deemed invalid; therefore the suffering and the death of the dogs had been unnecessary. Not long after,the Beagle Freedom Project a Los Angeles-based animal rights group, which specializes in rescuing and rehoming animals from laboratories and testing facilities, learned of the study. According to the Beagle Freedom Project, they would have gladly taken the puppies and found them new homes and are horrified at the university’s failure to reach out to the rescue group. Beagle Freedom Project Vice President Kevin Chase, a 15-year veteran in animal activism, said his initial reaction to the study was that it was “absurd and overly gruesome.”“If the University of Missouri would have more transparency to the taxpaying public, then maybe projects like this wouldn’t get a rubber stamp (of approval),” he said. He said that most of the time, lab animals are euthanized since the laboratories do not have the space, resources or time for them following research. Additionally, Chase said, labs don't want to draw public attention to the fact that they are engaging in animal research, which is controversial. Chase said he and others at the Beagle Freedom Project stumbled upon the study when they were looking at MU’s published research.  Some states — California, Minnesota, Connecticut, Nevada and New York — have laws mandating the adoption of lab animals after completing research. Bills are pending in Illinois and Maryland. The other 43 states, Missouri included, don’t have any sort of requirement by law. Beagles make up 96 percent of the dogs used by 383 different laboratories in the U.S. The breed makes up such a large portion because they are naturally very trusting of humans. Six of the beagles used in the MU study were purchased by the university from Covance Laboratory in Cumberland, Virginia. Source listed Below http://petrescuereport.com/2016/university-missouri-purposely-blinded-6-puppies-killed-now-sued/ http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/mu-study-resulting-in-deaths-of-beagles-raises-questions/article_ab2279f6-6ebb-11e6-838e-b3188949cc4b.html

Josh Welch
34,502 supporters