Wayne State Campaign Timeline

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Stop Heart Failure Experiments in Dogs at Wayne State

 Campaign Timeline

  • May 1, 2014 – More than 20 local residents joined the Physicians Committee to hand 6,000 informational leaflets to attendees of Wayne State commencement ceremonies. On the back of each leaflet was an open letter to the people of Michigan from cardiologist and Wayne State faculty member Joel K. Kahn, M.D., F.A.C.C.
  • Read a Campaign Update from Feb 25, 2014
  • Feb. 7, 2014 – A Physicians Committee expert presented our thorough scientific critique of the exoeriments at Wayne State to the university’s Board of Governors.

  • Nov. 14, 2013 – The Physicians Committee filed a complaint with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development regarding Wayne State’s dog experiments.
  • Nov. 14, 2013 – The Physicians Committee held a scientist- and physician-led public demonstration at the Wayne State campus in Detroit that attracted 70 people and 20 dogs. Also that day, we delivered a petition from more than 1,100 people to the leaders of the university.
  • Sept. 25, 2013 – The Physicians Committee filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding Wayne State’s dog experiments.
  • March 27, 2013 – The Physicians Committee won a legal victory when a Michigan judge ruled that Wayne State had to turn over documents we had requested. Previously, the university had sued the Physicians Committee to try to stop the release of the records.

  • July 1, 2012 – The operators of the Mecosta County Animal Shelter in Michigan, who had been supplying dogs to Wayne State, retired, and the shelter stopped the practice. Many dogs used at Wayne State had previously come from Mecosta County. This came less than eight months after a Physicians Committee complaint was filed against the shelter operators with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (see below). Unfortunately, instead of ending the use of dogs, Wayne State began obtaining dogs from Virginia-based Covance, which breeds animals for use in laboratory experimentation.
  • March 20, 2012 – Leaders in Gratiot County, Michigan allowed the local shelter’s contract with notorious class B “random source” dealer R&R Research to expire. Previously, many dogs from the shelter ended up in experiments at Wayne State—including Queenie. This action by county leaders followed years of communication from the Physicians Committee and locals.

  • Dec. 14, 2011 – The Physicians Committee filed a complaint with the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney regarding Wayne State’s dog experiments.
  • Nov. 8, 2011 – The Physicians Committee filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act by one of the suppliers of Wayne State’s dogs. At that time, the university was obtaining dogs from Class B “random source” dealers, who were obtaining the animals mostly from other dealers and animal shelters in Michigan. The complaint alleged that the individuals operating the Mecosta County Animal Shelter in Michigan was in violation of federal law by operating without registration as an animal dealer.
  • Oct. 19, 2011 – The Physicians Committee filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding Wayne State’s dog experiments.

Cardiologist and Wayne State clinical professor of medicine Joel Kahn, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Cardiologist and Wayne State
clinical professor of medicine
Joel Kahn, M.D., F.A.C.C.