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Originally Posted: 22 May 2009
Stop Dog Mutilation In Ohio State University Lab
From Kinship Circle
Please contact OSU President Gordon Gee and experimenter George Billman and urge them to stop these cruel and pointless experiments on dogs.
Sign the online petition here
And/Or send emails and/or a letter (see below)
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.
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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Gordon Gee, President of Ohio State University
Office of the President, 205 Bricker Hall
190 North Oval Mall; Columbus, OH 43210-1357
ph: 614-292-2424; fax: 614-292-1231
Dr. Herb Asher, Counselor to the President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Wolford, Assistant to the President and Director of Operations: email@example.com
Sondra Shook, Administrative Assistant to the President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP)
The Ohio State University
300 Research Foundation Building
1960 Kenny Road; Columbus, Ohio 43210-1063
ph: 614-688-8457; fax: 614-688-0366
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Dr. George Billman
1645 Neil Avenue; Columbus, OH 43210
ph: 614-292-5189; email: email@example.com
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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 distress.
SAMPLE LETTER. This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue. WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER using these talking points.
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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