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From 6 May 2003 Issue

Jackson County, MI Animal Control Selling Animals For Research - Letter

Jackson County Animal Control sells massive numbers of dogs and cats to research dealers. In 2002, 781 live dogs and cats were sold to Hodgins Kennels, Inc., Michigan State University and Midwest Animal Services in Stockbridge Michigan (blood donors). Of course, Jackson County Animal Control does not advertise sales to dealers on it's website.

Please contact Jackson County Commissioners (emails checked 4-24):

Cliff Herl:  

Todd Brittain:  

John Day:  

Rick Baxter:  

Jim Videto:  

James Shotwell, Jr.:  

Gail Mahoney:  

Jim Rice:  

Robert Lacinski:  

David Elwell:;;;;;;;;;  

Sample Letter:

Dear :

Please add my voice to those who are opposed to shelters that are involved with the practice of "pound seizure" -- selling unclaimed shelter animals to research facilities.

Shelters were developed as places where people could bring unwanted stray animals with the hope of new homes being found for them. Pound seizure betrays the trust of animals who were once well-loved companions, but are sentenced to suffer the double blow of confinement to a laboratory cage and the loss of their human friends. Furthermore, no one can be certain their own beloved companion will never fall into the hands of researchers as long as animals from pounds are allowed to be sold to these facilities. A lost or stolen pet may not be located or rescued in time to prevent this tragedy.

According to the IDA Stolen Companion Animal Program, when a shelter sells its homeless animals, statistics point to an increase in the theft of dogs and cats. This is due to a profit motive to sell animals. While many pound workers are ethical and hard working, the temptation to sell animals by the back door for quick cash is an all too familiar reality across our country.

Estimates of the number of animals tortured and killed annually in US laboratories diverge widely -- from 17 to 70 million animals. The majority of dogs and cats used in experiments come from breeders, animal shelters and pounds, and organized "bunchers" who pick up strays, purchase litters from unsuspecting people who allow their companion animals to become pregnant, obtain animals from "Free to a Good Home" advertisements, or trap and steal the animals.

This practice of experimenting on animals encourages animal users not to venture into more humane teaching and testing methods, and it puts already traumatized shelter animals through more pain, suffering, and distress before they are killed in the laboratory.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports that sophisticated non-animal research methods are more accurate, less expensive, and less time-consuming than traditional animal-based research methods. Patients waiting for helpful drugs and treatments could be spared years of suffering if companies and government agencies would implement the efficient alternatives to animal studies.

For all of the above reasons, I strongly urge you to immediately ban the sale of homeless and abandoned animals to research facilities.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Alert prepared by staff:  

*Alerts are based on information provided by the source. I cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of the information or for the consequences of its use.  

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