When Pets Become Guinea Pigs
Whatever the reason pets are given up, it’s slightly comforting to think that the people who surrender them to shelters are at least trying to make an attempt to give them a chance at a new life and a new forever home. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
A new study, Dying to Learn: Exposing the Supply of Dogs and Cats to Higher Education, has exposed the practice of colleges and universities using former pets for dissections, surgeries and other experiments.
There were 92 schools used in the study, which found that many are unethically sourcing animals, along with using them for unnecessary procedures. Additionally, violations were found regarding dealers who supply these schools.
Class B dealers, who supply many of these animals, often obtain them through shelters, classified ads, auctions and according to the USDA, even theft.
On the flip side, the study also found that students can learn just as well through alternative teaching methods that can include hands on training at shelters for vet students and simulators, that have been approved by the American College of Surgeons, for medical students.
Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary School, for example, just ended the use of terminal surgeries on dogs, and has started a new program for vet students that involves spay/neuter surgery training for shelter animals that will be placed up for adoption afterwards.
We don’t need to torture and kill to learn. Please take action through the American Anti-Vivisection Society to cut off Class B dealers, and to stop pound seizures and sales.