Dog Medical Experiments Lead to Lawsuit for Wayne Statethe daily dish
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.
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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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