Ask Wayne State University Michigan to Halt Inhumane Dog Experiments

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Originally Posted: 21 October 2011

Ask Wayne State University to Halt Inhumane Dog Experiments

[Ed. Note: For more about Wayne State University's use of animals, visit Stop Animal Exploitation Now's facility report on Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.]

FROM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

ACTION

Let Valerie Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, know that you want the school to immediately halt the use of dogs in cruel heart failure experiments.

Sign an online petition:
https://secure2.convio.net/pcrm/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=455&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=5gdvbaseq1.app202b

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Valerie Parisi
Dean, Wayne State University School of Medicine
1241 Scott Hall
phone (313) 577-7742
fax (313) 577-8777
email: vparisi@med.wayne.edu

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

I am writing to ask that you immediately end the cruel use of dogs for heart failure experiments at Wayne State University. In experiments that have been run by Dr. O'Leary for more than 20 years, dogs purchased from Class B "random source" dealers undergo major surgeries, are implanted with medical devices, and are forced to endure dozens of treadmill running sessions. These dogs experience unrelenting pain for months during the experiments until they are killed at the end.

The story of Queenie, one of the dogs used in these experiments, is heartbreaking. Queenie was a friendly, gentle Dalmatian who exhibited fear and aggression due to the severe pain and distress caused by these experiments. After months of suffering, she was killed after a medical device broke and retracted into her body.

Dr. O'Leary's experiments are clearly inhumane, and they have not contributed to human heart health. Medicine has benefited from human-based epidemiological and clinical studies, and these are the methods that Wayne State University should be using as well. Please act now to permanently end the use of dogs in heart failure experiments at Wayne State--it is imperative that these experiments end before even one more dog is harmed.


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