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The "Brown Dog Affair," Yesterday and Today

Animals  (tags: history, vivisection, little brown dog, statue, in memory of tortured labratory animals, anti vivisection movement, animal rights )

- 3044 days ago -
In 1903 in London, an anonymous brown dog was subjected over the course of several months to repeated live surgery--described by witnesses to one instance as having been conducted without anesthetizing the dog--in a laboratory and before students in a

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Simone Duffin (1462)
Monday January 18, 2010, 6:04 am
“In Memory of the Brown Terrier Dog Done to Death in the Laboratories of University College in February 1903 after having endured Vivisections extending over more than two months and having been handed over from one Vivisector to another till Death came to his release. Also in memory of the 232 dogs vivisected in the same place during the year 1902.

Men and Women of England
How long shall these things be ?”

Simone Duffin (1462)
Monday January 18, 2010, 6:05 am
The incident continues to inspire tribute and animal-welfare activism. To commemorate the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the original statue’s disappearance in 2010, Chicago artist and gallery owner Robert Wayner, of The Black Walnut/Robert Wayner Gallery, has issued a call for submissions for an exhibit called “The Brown Dog Affair: 100 Years Later.” The exhibit will feature the work of artists who believe in the rights of all living creatures and are proponents of anti-cruelty toward animals. Wayner says that the gallery “wishes to remember the Brown Dog Affair a century later with the hope that the ones who have suffered are remembered, and the ones who will suffer can perhaps be saved.”

The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2010, and the gallery can be contacted at submissions[at] (substitute “@” for “[at]” in the address).

Annie J (205)
Monday January 18, 2010, 6:39 am
thank you Simone, a very sad tale, this little victim should not be forgotten, especially since 100 years later we still torture the defenseless under the guise of science.....

Larry S (645)
Monday January 18, 2010, 7:27 am
This kind of thing just gets to me, I feel it in my heart, the pain, the sadness, the wrong...

Monday January 18, 2010, 8:33 am
Even if these monsters can justify the experiments they do on animals they cannot jusitfy the cruel methods they use. i am totally against using animals for testing or experiments. it is cruel and most tests are simply not is simply a way for researchers to get grant money. it is also a cruel way to teach any medical student.. there are other methods available for teaching that dont use animals

Past Member (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 9:45 am
I had my pancreas biopsied without anethesia, and cannot imagine what that poor little guy endured for a protracted time - amazing he survived for so long...if nothing else, the monument serves as a reminder...Thanks Simone...

Richard S (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 11:52 am
Animal testing is a dinosaur that refuses to become extinct. As Julie Ann Z. said" there are other methods".

Simone Duffin (1462)
Monday January 18, 2010, 12:08 pm
It is so tragic, that this poor little dog went through torture and suffering in 1903 and over 100 years later, it is stilll happening.

Sharon Seltzer (124)
Monday January 18, 2010, 12:21 pm
This is heartbreaking. I once had a veterinarian tell me about the "practice" sessions he was asked to perform on a live dog as part of his training. The little dog would always walk into the classroom so happy and friendly - only to be anesthetized and become the guinea pig for the students. He said he always wondered what finally happened to the little dog.

. (1)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:04 pm
That poor dog will always be remembered by people who care about dogs.
Thanks Simone.

Margo R (14)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:27 pm
Poor thing! Every single animal that has any form of cruelty in their life should be considered HEROS!!! Most animals suffer some way or another......
whether at birth or thru a "Pet shop". I try always to think about all those little or big animals that don't have someone of their own.

Mary Dee (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:57 pm
very upsetting story about the poor animals that got tortured in the name of science in 1903, and sadley still continues to this day, for all the stories we hear about and try to help, millions of tortured animals still need our help, and as long as i live i will fight for all animals that cannot fight for themselves against cruelty, abuse and unlawful killing whatever they name it for, experiments, medical, or so called science, we have to stop our defenless animals from being hurt and abused, and sadley killed for what ever reason these twisted human beings want to call it, our wonderfull animals need our constance help from the cruelty of mankind.

glenn b (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 4:54 pm
a copy of the first statue would be kool

Maria Eugenia Escobedo (33)
Monday January 18, 2010, 6:48 pm
this article made me so sad. It`s hard to believe how cruel people can be. For decades we`ve been fighting those "scientists" with very poor results. Here in Mčrida, Mčxico a Catholic university: Universidad del Mayab does it twice a week!!, the Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria and the facultad de Medicina. It makes us feel frustrated, they always win with the same arguments. Bless this people who will perform the exhibit all of those who are working to stop this horrible practices and cruelty toward our dear animals. Thank you Simone for the report. Ma. Eugenia Escobedo

Elaine W (103)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 2:58 am
...........and it still goes on. After all these years you would think we would have found a better way by now. I HATE the fact that we still use animals in this way as if they were disposable.

Patricia C (96)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 8:40 am
This little dog's story is heartbreaking, and so is the picture your comment brings to mind Sharon S. As hard as this subject is to think about, it is good to be reminded that we can't give up the fight to stop it. Thank you Simone.

Ell M. (0)
Monday February 15, 2010, 8:58 am
I'm glad you enjoyed my article. Please check back with the original site, Encyclopaedia Britannica's Advocacy for Animals (advocacy-dot-britannica-dot-com) for more articles like this. --LMurray (the author of the Brown Dog article)
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