Wayne State: Experts Call for Halt to Dead-End Dog Experiments
Three medical experts have called on Wayne State University to end its controversial series of dog heart-failure experiments. Detroit-area physician Jennifer Giordano, D.O., Kenneth Litwak, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate director of laboratory medicine for the Physicians Committee, and John J. Pippin, M.D., director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee, wrote a letter asking that Debbie Dingell, chair of the Wayne State Board of Governors, take immediate action to phase out the experiments. Dr. Litwak also testified before the Board of Governors.
Coinciding with the Board of Governors meeting, PCRM placed a billboard in Detroit with the words “Doctors Urge Wayne State: Stop dead-end dog experiments now!” The billboard featured a dog similar to ones who die in heart failure experiments at Wayne State.
A Michigan judge recently ordered Wayne State to provide the dogs’ medical records and other documents for Physicians Committee experts to analyze. The records detailed the experiences of the dogs as the experiments proceeded. In one, a dog named Wilma was described as “sweet & friendly, a little shy.” She was reluctant to walk on the treadmill, as required by the experiment. After about one month in the laboratory and a five-hour surgery, Wilma was killed. Another, named Hazel, suffered four surgeries in five weeks and had 12 different devices implanted into her body.
The heart failure experiments at Wayne State use and kill about 26 dogs per year and are scheduled to continue through March 2016. Since 2001, the federal government has paid more than $5 million for experiments that have not resulted in treatments for patients with heart disease.
Visit RogueExperiments.org to tell Wayne State to halt heart failure experiments on dogs.