Former Pets Harmed in Teaching Labs

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – A two-year investigation has uncovered the hidden practices of colleges and universities in which unscrupulous Class-B dealers obtain animals from random sources like shelters, and sell the former pets to education facilities.

Animalearn, the education division of the American Anti-Vivisection Society and author of “Dying to Learn: Exposing the Supply and Use of Dogs and Cats in Higher Education,” says this investigation is focused on education, not biomedical research. Many people do not realize that dogs and cats are often harmed and killed in university curricula.

Animalearn tells the story of Cruella, a dog found in a small Michigan town by a local pound. Given to a random source Class-B dealer, the dealer sold Cruella to the University of Florida, where she was killed after being used in seven education procedures over seven months. According to documents obtained by Animalearn, Cruella was found wearing a purple collar, and a surgical procedure at the university found that she was spayed, indicating that she was once someone’s pet.

The Dying to Learn investigation exposed the unlawful activities of random source Class-B dealers, who have been repeatedly cited by the USDA for violating animal welfare laws, yet continue to profit from selling pets to labs. Based on documents from 92 public universities, Dying to Learn revealed that 52 percent of schools examined use these live and dead dogs and cats for teaching and training purposes.

Animalearn seeks to end this supply of dogs and cats to education by working with universities and students to replace harmful animal use with alternatives. High tech, viable alternatives that do not involve harming animals exist, and many undergraduate, veterinary and medical schools are successfully using them instead of harming former pets.

Animalearn operates a lending library called The Science Bank, which offers hundreds of alternatives, including virtual CD-ROMs and life-like mannequins, to students and teachers to borrow for free.

To find out if your college or university is harming animals through education, or to learn more about borrowing alternatives, visit www.dyingtolearn.org.

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