Target: Mark W. Hamrick, President of Research at Georgia Regents University
Goal: Chastise research facility for abusing dogs
Georgia Regents University’s research facilities are some of the most elite in the country, but recently, a team of researchers who obtained funding from the federal government are under fire after The Humane Society was informed of the abuse of dogs on the campus.
The procedure, which involves testing out dental implants meant for people, uses the dogs as surgical surrogates. Their teeth are removed using drills and saws, with no anesthesia, and the implants are then inserted. What’s more is that once the research is complete and the implants pass inspection, they are removed, again, and the dogs are euthanized for further studies.
When The Humane Society investigated the report of abuse, countless dogs were found caged, malnourished, underweight and with various injuries to their paws, legs and bellies. Additionally, a disturbing video obtained by the society reveals how the dogs were handled roughly by researchers, with the eerie sounds of saws, drills and whimpers in the background.
Although Georgia Regents University’s grant was approved and funded, Kathleen Conlee of The Human Society states that research model is ‘…[an] outdated practice…If you’re going to be using animals in your research, you should be investing in resources [that provide care] appropriately.”
By signing this petition you’ll urge Georgia Regents University to stop using animals for their research projects and demand that they be stripped of their government-funded grant.
Dear Mark Hamrick,
As President of the research department at Georgia Regents University, one of the most elite facilities in the country, I would expect that your propensity for advancement would eradicate the need for the old practice of using animals as test subjects for your projects. But, this recent situation proves otherwise, and the abuse these animals sustained at the hands of your researchers is unforgivable.
To use tax payers money to carry out such shocking abuse against innocent dogs is not only inhumane, but a breach in the GSU policies which state that any animals obtained for research must be cared for appropriately. Also, the fact that the board who issued a statement supporting these inhumane acts consists of veterinarians and community members is truly disturbing.
I hope that your research facility is stripped of its grant to continue this shameful abuse and that you move towards less invasive and moral ways of conducting studies.
[Your Name Here]
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