Humane Society of the United States official will join dog protest

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 6:59 PM
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A top official from the Humane Society of the United States will join a rally Saturday protesting the use of dogs in animal experiments at Georgia Regents University.

Kathleen Conlee, the vice president for animal research issues at the Humane Society, said she decided to attend “The Million Dog Walk on GRU Dental” because the Augusta area has shown extensive support since the Humane Society released an investigation it believes shows questionable practices in a dental implant experiment on dogs.

“The outpouring of support has been larger than we’ve seen in these types of investigations historically,” Conlee said.

March organizer Dennis Briatico said as many as 500 people are expected to turn out for the march. It begins with a rally at 10 a.m. in the parking lot at the Augusta Judicial Center and continues on to the GRU dental school.

The Humane Society’s investigation released Nov. 20 found that GRU purchased six hound dogs from a dealer who has been repeatedly cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is under investigation for violating the Animal Welfare Act. The organization also questioned whether GRU followed protocol in getting federal approval for the implant experiments.

Animal supporters from area rescue groups and members of Georgia and South Carolina humane society chapters are expected to participate, Briatico said.

“Ultimately, our goal is to stage the most peaceful, family-friendly protest we can have,” Briatico said.

Marchers are invited to bring leashed, adult dogs that have been properly vaccinated. Dog walkers need to control dogs and bring plastic bags to clean up after animals, Briatico said.

Shuttles will be available to drive elderly from the judicial center to the dental school.

IF YOU GO

What: The Million Dog Walk on GRU Dental

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Begins at the Augusta Judicial Center parking lot, 735 James Brown Blvd.

Bring: Leashed and vaccinated adult dogs (no puppies), plastic bags, rain gear

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 12/06/13 - 07:39 am
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Humane Society
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What about the animals that are put to sleep everyday at animal shelters?
Maybe your followers will volunteer to be experimented upon to discover new treatments for humans! I am a pet owner but I understand the need of using animals to experiment rather than humans, give me a break! Many techniques that have save millions of humans is because of lab testing of animals. Be thankful for the progress made over the years.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/06/13 - 08:18 am
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Good article...

Hope to see you all there..

SimpleGirl
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SimpleGirl 12/06/13 - 08:20 am
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Man's Best Friend

There's a reason dogs are called "Man's Best Friend" and no other animal has ever been. Dog's give so much! They've saved people's lives, they serve as service dogs to our vets and others needing help. They can detect cancer in humans, they sniff out bombs and drugs and more than anything, they are pets who become members of families more so than any other animal. They love unconditionally. If you've never looked deep into the eyes of a dog (or any other animal) just try it. If it doesn't touch your heart then you obviously don't have one. They are God's creatures. Yes, research is needed. But don't use animals who already give so much to us!!! Figure out how to use humans, like those on death row just sitting there being taken care of until they die. It's ridiculous that Charles Manson is 79 years old and is still sitting in prison doing nothing. Why isn't he being used for research! Afterall, our prisons are already crowded and who do you think is paying for the prisoners care? I'm not sure how this could ever come to be, but there are smart people around who could figure it out. The harm presented upon dogs should stop and people should remember they are and will always be "Man's Best Friend."

TakeAHike
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TakeAHike 12/06/13 - 08:48 am
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Nothing to see here

This is just another HSUS fundraising stunt brought to you by the richest and most useless faux charity in the US. They're just dragging our city through the dirt to line their own deep pockets. It's not like they offer any viable research alternatives. Would you want dental implants that might or might not cause necrosis and loss of a jawbone if your child (or your dog) lost their teeth in a trauma? I didn't think so. Take a sign "Save a dog - use a HSUS employee!" and drive them out of town.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 12/06/13 - 09:34 am
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It is very interesting that

It is very interesting that this protest is focused on the use of Class B dealers. You see, Class A dealers raise animals purpose-bred for research. The dogs live their lives in a pound until they are sold to researchers. These animals were Class B. They were rounded up from auctions, as overflow from breeders, and as "John Doe" dogs from shelters, such that none of them were ever known to have been a pet. All of them would have been euthanized if they were not picked up for research. Millions of dogs each year are euthanized like this.

The research they were involved in tested next generation jaw and dental implants. These could advance the success rates in maxillofacial surgery reconstructions done all the time in head and neck cancer patients, and in people with facial trauma. These directly served the research into reductions in pain and suffering for humans in the clinic.

People who love dogs should understand. These dogs were to be killed. Instead, they were delivered unto research. They were walked everyday for months. They were well fed and received the best veterinary care available. And they helped advance the causes of science and medicine.

And for this, the HSUS suggests it is appropriate to protest. The HSUS uses this action, as in all their actions, as fodder to increase the donations they receive from people who do not understand the role that animals play in advancing science and medicine. Don't believe them. These dogs had noble lives - far more noble than the millions in animal shelters across the USA. And give money, like I do, to animal rescue groups, and to groups that spay/neuter loose animals. These groups actually do help animals - unlike the Humane Society of the US. And do not be confused, the HSUS is not related, at all, to your local animal shelters and local humane societies. They are first and foremost an animal rights group.

curly123053
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curly123053 12/06/13 - 09:55 am
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Pathetic!

I too understand the reasoning behind using animals for medical experiments. I agree a lot of them are necessary and helpful for medical progress. But, some of the events at GRU seems to have crossed the line in some cases. Animal experimentation will continue there I am sure, but maybe they will be more humane than they have been in this case.
As far as shelters euthanizing animals I spent 11 months as a dispatcher for animal control working out of a shelter. I understand the reasons behind then HAVING to put dogs and cats down on a daily basis. The State inspects shelters and the State tells each shelter how many dogs and cats they are allowed to shelter at one time. When the number of dogs or cats goes above the capacity required by the State they either have to euthanize them or find an animal rescue to take some. It will astound you how many people surrender theirn pets on a daily basis.

travelp
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travelp 12/06/13 - 10:13 am
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Use Humans?

I agree that people shouldn't be sitting on death row for 20 years but humans shouldn't be standing in for animals in experiments. It is ironic that someone arguing for the HUMANE society would suggest this.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 12/06/13 - 11:46 am
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@curly, unless you had access

@curly, unless you had access to the knowledge of the veterinary care those dogs received, you have no basis to make that statement. The HSUS routinely misrepresents any data it gets its hands on. For example, it stated the experiments were for cosmetic applications: FALSE. It stated the experiments had not received proper approval: FALSE. It stated an animal under care at GRU was underweight and poorly attended. The first part is true, the second part is 100% false. Not all animals receiving top notch veterinary care are equally healthy. In a group of 20 dogs, they took video of the least healthy one and blamed its health on GRU. GRU had an obligation and responsibility to provide that animal with veterinary care up to the standards of the day - and it did.

The whistle blowing has led to an investigation, which will be nice because both sides of the story will be told. Remember: HSUS gets paid by convincing people that animals are suffering needlessly, and it has a long history of exaggerating and lying about problems in order to solicit more donations.

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okletssee 12/06/13 - 04:00 pm
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The law has been broken. The USHS exposed this. That is FACT. You can only go after one criminal at a time. It is irrevelant what is going on elsewhere. Those in animal advocacy are well aware of the plight of all dogs... It's a sad day for Dogs but an even sadder day for mankind.
This school tried to save a buck and entered into business with a class B dealer. All of the dealers are bad in my eyes but the FACT that Kenneth Schroeder IS a class B dealer gave the USHS an avenue to expose and bring charges. This one case will heighten awareness of such practices. Another FACT is that they have a perfectly working implant already.. I have a mouth full of them....this was simply a research project to facilitate GRU making an implant they felt was superior..... A financial gain in this respect AND also in that this research enabled them to receive Federal funding..... However it is my understanding that federal guidelines do not allow dealings with a class B dealer. Private research or not. These dogs are said to have had anesthesia... THAT IS NOT PAIN CONTROL! I found as a patient here that the residents in the implant department were desensitized to the patients suffering. They are allowed to sedate you so they do not have to deal with you.... I shudder to think what these dogs went through because I should have sued for how I was treated... As an employee and medical professional I am quite adept at analyzing this situation. As a matter of fact I am waiting on a report to be returned to the Dean of the dental school in response to my complaint. Maybe the school needs to re evaluate the effect this research has on the students as well as what they are teaching when they sedate patients that are not generally sedated in the private sector. The sedation is for the benefit of the Resident. They are not teaching them empathy and bedside manner. However.... Empathy should be a pre requisite to acceptance in ANY medical field.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/06/13 - 06:42 pm
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Law

okletssee posted:

The law has been broken. The USHS exposed this. . . . This school tried to save a buck and entered into business with a class B dealer. All of the dealers are bad in my eyes but the FACT that Kenneth Schroeder IS a class B dealer gave the USHS an avenue to expose and bring charges.

Not true. Buying dogs from a Class B dealer is not illegal.

robert2410
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robert2410 12/06/13 - 06:52 pm
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Without taking sides on
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Without taking sides on either side of this argument I would like to comment that anytime someone from the govt says they are coming to help it might be a good idea to run like heck or find somewhere to hide.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/06/13 - 07:13 pm
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You still can't fix stupid

These people would be falling all over themselves to get access to the kind of care that has resulted from the HUMANE TREATMENT of animals used in research showing dental surgeons how to rebuild people's faces and jaws.

And by golly, they'd darn sure want the very best and highest standard of reconstruction, especially if it were for their child whose jaw had been shattered in a car wreck or a fight. Those dogs lives wouldn't even cross their hypocritical minds.

These people are totally clueless. Their supposed moral outrage simply reveals how morally illiterate they truly are.

What they are doing, by their determined ignorance and obtuseness, constitutes a serious injustice to GRU. And THAT is the biggest moral evil attached to this issue.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/06/13 - 08:43 pm
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“The Million Dog Walk on GRU Dental”

This liberal Math,

It means a few hundred people will be at MCG instead of at Pet Smart showing off their dogs.

I hope Animal Control is on location, because is sure to be some
TAG LESS dogs, and a few Dog Fights, that will need addressing.

Jokingly, the Wife just said
What if some one turned a cat loose in the middle of the march?

She has an evil side to her ;-)

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/06/13 - 09:04 pm
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BTW: why is the VP making a show?

Did the last protest fell apart?
Is the problem is NOT getting the traction they need?

Are not enough many people are paying into drama they are selling?

Is there break even point (ROI) for this DOC-U-DRAMA?

Did President AZZZZ told them go pound sand when they made demands that involved On Campus Paid oversight staff?

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Should Medical animals be treated humanly?
YES

Should Medical research on Animals be done to save Human Lives Continue?
YES.

Could Animal Groupies of handled this more diplomatically and
have archived quicker results?
YES.

Was this timed around the annual Holiday Donation drive?
Seems to me YES.


If they really were MORE concerned about the animals
than the MEDIA Attention, and resulting $$$$.

Why didn't they bring this to the MCG Dean? or the GA Regents
privately?

So Yes, I Suspect Their Motives.

crossyourarms
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crossyourarms 12/07/13 - 01:07 am
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Okletssee, I believe have not

Okletssee, I'm pretty sure I have not read as clueless a statement in all my years reading the Chronicle's comment section.

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