Give answers on animals

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So far I have heard no apology; I have heard no remorse from Georgia Regents University.

The school was caught pants-down by two undercover investigations by the United States Humane Society, about the treatment of dogs and primates during medical testing. I guess we will hear about the rabbits and mice later and get to see their misery. There has been no admission of anything except to say GRU will buy the animals in the proper way, and not from a Class B dealer and a scoundrel to boot.

There are so many people in Augusta upset with this – many rescue groups and people like me who value animals and do what we can to take care of them. That involves first saving their lives from abuse or kill shelters, or being on their own on the streets, and bringing them into our homes as family members.

Most all of us know animal testing goes on, and many of us have not known the graphic nature of it or can watch. The film by the HSUS presented a dog named Shy Guy and other dogs, with narration by Kim Basinger. It was something difficult to see, but nonetheless I believe it is a true account of just what is going on there. I did not need to see any further than the eyes of Shy Guy to know his pain level. It was right there to see.

Billions of dollars each year are spent on pets. Why? What makes test animals’ emotions any different from the emotions of a human? How can a person working on these animals in labs harm one there and go home and pet his own dog? These animals cannot speak for themselves, although I think they do in behavior – and a cry is a cry in any language!

We want to know what is being done about it. We want to hear that it is being corrected – and not to a par level but better! There is an enlightenment happening on this planet involving animals like never before. Wake up, GRU – you can turn this around. You have a major opportunity to reinvent testing, and not just to the least guidelines.

GRU can stand up and tell us it will spearhead a new way and be an example for all universities, medical schools and labs and anyone else harming animals. GRU cast itself in a very dark light, but that light can become bright by advocating change, being a part of a solution and taking its position and making it right for animals everywhere.

There is an elephant in the room and it will never go away until GRU does something – anything – to Save the Animals. GRU wants to be a world-class university? Here is the school’s best chance ever to show people just what it is.

The “A” in “Save the A” is now “animals,” and we are going to keep talking about this until we have some answers from GRU.

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jimmymac 02/14/14 - 10:40 am

I'm sorry that animals are used for testing but it serves the greater common good. Medical research is necessary to provide data to save humans. Do I think they should suffer? The answer is no but testing needs to be done in a responsible manner. Your life may depend on the results of animal testing. My guess is your life has already been enhanced by animal testing!

WalterBradfordCannon 02/18/14 - 12:24 pm
This is what you need to

This is what you need to hear. The USDA investigation into the allegations by the Humane Society found them to be baseless. The allegations were things that normally happen to animals in research. Sometimes animals lose weight. When they do, the vet is notified, and supplemental feed, and perhaps fluids, are administered, and the animal is watched more carefully. That is precisely what happened to ShyGuy. Their other allegations met similar fates. Animals were not in prime condition. Techs and caretakers did their jobs, which allowed the veterinarians to do their jobs, and this all happens so that research is enabled.

Whether you like it or not, there are established rules by which animals are used in research to advance the causes of science and medicine. There are rules for animal welfare for the animals in use. These are the things you have an issue with, and not with anything specific to GRU. If anything, the USDA investigation found that GRU is a shining pillar of animal welfare, one that should be commended and not criticized.

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