Dog Medical Experiments Lead to Lawsuit for Wayne State

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Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., is facing a lawsuit over the alleged nature of medical experiments conducted on dogs to learn about heart disease and high blood pressure, according to WWJ-TV.

In its lawsuit, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine claims that Wayne State illegally imported 21 dogs, on which the school performed cardiovascular experiments that were painful, unnecessary and did not contribute to human medicine.

A Michigan judge ordered the university to provide records of its experiments related to the dogs, which revealed the nature of the research conducted from March 2012 through April 2013.

Dr. John Pippin of the Physicians Committee described invasive surgeries and abusive experiments conducted on the dogs: "They have catheters and mechanical devices inserted into their body cavities and attached to their heart and blood vessels. They have the blood flow to their kidneys obstructed to create hypertension. And with all of this hardware in them, if they survive the surgeries, they are forced to run on a treadmill," Pippin said.

Pippin added that as many as one out of four dogs died during surgery or following surgery, before any actual research was conducted.

"These researchers, although they've published papers, they haven't advanced human medicine. There is nothing that my mother or your cousin has benefited from because all these dogs over the years have been tortured and killed," Pippin said.

The university denies the charges leveled against them in the lawsuit, and claims the committee took information out of context and presents it in a misleading manner.

The university released a statement defending its research. "Wayne State is committed to the protection of animals, but also recognizes the benefits of research involving animals," the statement read. "Wayne State University is committed to ensuring that all research and teaching protocols using live animals are designed and carried out in a humane manner that complies with all laws, policies and guidelines."

The statement also noted that a surprise USDA inspection on Nov. 13, 2013, "found no problems whatsoever."


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Marjorie Ackerman

Currently the internet has been a wonderful avenue for publishing these examples of unnecessary and cruel in point...Georgia Regents University in which an undercover investigation led to The Humane Society of the US bringing the entire horrible nightmare out for the public to see......this is what it takes because the public has not been given this kind of animal cruelty awareness until everyone who discovered it, took it to the right people and the networking took care of getting it out there. Everyone has to become active, or I should say proactive in getting this kind of animal abuse stopped. I urge you all to stop buying any Mars chocolate products as they are doing horrible and totally unnecessary experiments on animals. Check out animal rights events in your community/state and get involved in your animal shelters volunteering as you can. YOU CAN make a difference!

December 08 2013 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a great organization specifially for something like this. Most of the things done are just like this. Hooray for PCRM!

November 19 2013 at 8:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

These piles of filth should have the same done to them or maybe their family members, have them sit by a forced to watch. Some may find this comment barbaric, but this article will haunt me for the rest of my days as I am a dog owner and lover. My mother died a horrible cardiac death, and suffered from high blood pressure. I'm sure that she is looking down and weeps for these poor creatures. Even she would not have want to her life saved at such a horrible expense.

November 18 2013 at 6:53 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

they ought to be done that way. some people are so cruel, they ought to be shut down

November 16 2013 at 12:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

they ought to have it done to them

November 16 2013 at 12:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


November 16 2013 at 7:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm a WSU grad and disgusted.

November 16 2013 at 7:45 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Perform this type of experiments on these alleged "scientists". Dr. Mengele considered himself a scientist too.

November 16 2013 at 6:49 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I think this goes on a lot more than is revealed in newspapers or tv. Hooray for the Physician's Committee. Great organization!

November 16 2013 at 1:15 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

What a bunch of twisted, sadistic morons. Hope everyone one of those involved gets arrested for such behavior.

November 15 2013 at 11:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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