Complaint Says Wayne State Dog Experiments Don’t Help Humans
Local doctors and concerned citizens joined the Physicians Committee in November at Wayne State University to protest the use of dogs in heart failure experiments. Doctors also delivered a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to Wayne State’s new president.
It appears that Wayne State violated Michigan state law by brining at least 21 dogs across state lines without interstate health certificates or official certificates of veterinary inspection, alleges a Physicians Committee complaint filed Nov. 14. The dogs were purchased from a facility in Virginia to be used in painful heart experiments and then killed. The authorities should immediately seize and quarantine any illegally imported dogs now being held in the laboratory at Wayne State, according to the Physicians Committee.
In a related case, a Michigan judge recently ruled in favor of the Physicians Committee and ordered Wayne State to provide medical records and other documents relating to the dog experiments.
The documents reveal that Rogue, a small hound, was forced to exercise on a treadmill just four days after one of her surgeries. After less than five months, Rogue was euthanized. When the experimenters removed their equipment from Rogue, they found that she had a hole in her aorta and had been bleeding into her chest for four days. Rogue’s short life in the laboratory failed to provide any data that would lead to treatments for human patients.
To learn more about the experiments and read Rogue’s story, visit RogueExperiments.org.