Michigan Shelter Stops Sending Dogs to Class B Dealers
PCRM recently helped persuade the Mecosta County Animal Shelter in Michigan to stop sending dogs to Class B “random source” dealers, which sell former companions to laboratories for experiments.
In November, PCRM filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture against the Mecosta County Animal Shelter operators. As a result, the USDA opened an investigation into the shelter, which transferred more than 140 dogs to Class B dealers in 2010. In addition to PCRM’s efforts, Michigan animal advocates educated the Mecosta County Board of Commissioners on why pound seizure is cruel and also unnecessary for scientific research.
The shelter operators announced to county commissioners in January that they would retire at the end of June, when their current contract expires. The commissioners then confirmed that pound seizure will be prohibited in all future contracts.
PCRM will continue to encourage other animal shelters to stop sending animals to Class B dealers.
Take Action: Ask Johns Hopkins to Stop Using Animals for Training
PCRM is pushing Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to stop using live animals in its classes. Twenty years ago, live animals were commonly used in physiology, pharmacology, and surgery classes at medical schools. A standard laboratory involved anesthetizing a dog, then injecting pharmaceuticals or practicing surgical techniques. After the class, the animal was killed.
Most medical schools have abandoned the practice, but a few switched to pigs or other animals, hoping that students and the public would no longer object. Students in Johns Hopkins’ surgery clerkship practice procedures by cutting into live pigs. Many physicians have objected, pointing out that Johns Hopkins already has a high-tech simulation center and could easily replace the use of pigs with simulators.
Please send an e-mail to Dean Edward D. Miller, M.D., at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and politely urge him to stop using live animals as teaching tools. Go to PCRM.org/JohnsHopkins.