Fight for the defenseless

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There is something deeply disturbing about the mistreatment of small children and animals. I suspect it’s because they most often are unable to speak and defend themselves. That is exactly why adults have to speak up for them.

For more than a dozen years I have been an advocate for those with autism, along with hundreds of other parents and grandparents. Our goals have been to end the epidemic; help others understand that autism is a medical condition and not mental; and to find treatments and recovery for those already affected. Unfortunately, too many doctors do not understand what autism really is; therefore, the children do not get the proper treatments they need.

Animals cannot defend themselves either, and I have been appalled by the recent discovery that Georgia Regents University’s dental school has been using dogs for experimentation on dental implant testing. First, the dogs suffer from grueling surgery and pain, and afterward they are euthanized. This is not life-threatening medical research for adults and, therefore, totally unnecessary cruelty toward animals.

The dental school maintains it is testing a medicine to treat bacterial infections that some people are affected by following their implants. This reasoning does not pass my standard of compassion for the dogs they abuse.

We must stand up for what we believe is the mistreatment of children and animals. So much of our society is solidly based on how much money we can make for ourselves and the institutions we work for. Those of us with compassion must fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. If not, those who need us will be forgotten.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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carcraft
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carcraft 01/10/14 - 06:27 am
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Every year hundreds of people

Every year hundreds of people have dental or orthopedic implants that fail. This is a low percentage but understanding the failure process will produce a better class of implant.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 09:20 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 09:21 am
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Love of self negates love of anything else, innocent or not.
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Love of self negates love of anything else, innocent or not.

deestafford
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deestafford 01/10/14 - 09:53 am
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It's sad that we have to use animals for medical research but...

It's sad that we have to use animals for medical research but that is the only way we have of testing drugs to relieve suffering and death of humans. Without this testing there would not be many of the pain relieving and life saving medications and devices we have to day. There just is not other way.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/10/14 - 10:37 am
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I encourage everyone to watch

I encourage everyone to watch 'Blackfish'. It is available on Netflix.

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Fiat_Lux 01/10/14 - 01:45 pm
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When the multitude of deeply concerned and sympathetic,

those who care so very much about dogs used in research at GRU but have no problem supporting "a woman's right to choose". start caring as much about the savagery happening every single day to hundreds and thousands of America's children before they manage to escape their mother's "choice" to kill them, then perhaps your deep and heartfelt concern about dogs will be something a normal person can stomach and treat seriously.

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InChristLove 01/11/14 - 09:54 am
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Fiat, I'm right beside you on

Fiat, I'm right beside you on being outraged and deeply concerned about the thousands of children being aborted each day, but I believe a person is normal who can also have a deep passion for the concerns of dogs being used for what they perceive as unnecessary research and euthanization of these same animals. You may not agree, and that is your right, but to demean someone and insinuate that they are not normal is very condescending. Why can not someone have a passion for both?

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