"Unless someone like
you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has recently discovered
cruel heart failure experiments performed on dogs that have been federally funded for over 20 years. This has to stop.
Please, click the link below to read Queenie's story and politely ask the Dean of Wayne State University to stop these experiments
Dogs Used In Research
This website was originally
created in 2008 to help end our county's practice of pound seizure at our local shelter. Since then, we have won our
fight and convinced our county commissioners that pound seizure is a bad practice. But unfortunately, issues still remain. Animal cruelty seems to be rampant in our society
today. Our shelters are over burdened with too many unwanted, cast off pets. We will use this website to advocate
for our companion animals. We will fight against animal cruelty, we will stress the importance of spaying and neutering,
we will stress the importance of adopting from local rescues and shelters, and we will continue our fight against pound seizure.
It ain't over til it's over! |
"I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter, the cast offs of human
society. I saw in their eyes love, hope, fear, dread, sadness, and betrayal. I was angry. "God"
I said, "This is terrible! Why don't you do something?" God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly.
"I have done something", he replied, "I created you."~Jim Willis, 1999
|Two counties in Michigan sell or give shelter pets to a Class B animal dealer.
Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
We fought long, we fought hard, and we finally convinced our commissioners to end Montcalm
County's long standing contract with a Class B animal dealer, putting an end to the county's practice of pound seizure. Click the links on the left to read about our fight and our eventual victory!
However, our fight is NOT over yet! Mecosta and Gratiot counties are the two counties remaining in Michigan who practice
pound seizure. Shelter pets are sold or given to class B dealers for use in experiments and research. The dealer
often takes the most adoptable animals. These animals, once trusting family pets, are much easier for the researchers
to handle. A group in Mecosta county is fighting the practice and have a petition for you to sign to help their cause.
Sign the Petition
What is Pound Seizure?
seizure is the practice of releasing or selling lost, stray, or abandoned cats and dogs from municipally funded animal shelters
for use in biomedical research, product development, safety testing, and educational demonstrations. Animals from shelter, commonly called "random source animals",
are used to practice surgery by medical and veterinary students and are then euthanized. Hundreds of dogs and cats taken
from shelters are used every year in painful or long-term experiments or programs.
What is a Class B Dealer?
Class B Dealers are brokers who acquire animals that they sell for profit to research facilities. The animals
are used in the pharmaceutical industry, the cosmetic industry, at certain medical schools and veterinary hospitals for training.
Most of the animals are put through painful experiments and testing only to be euthanized after the experiment is over.
Class B dealers get their animals from "random sources" such as auctions,
flea markets, "free to good home ads" in the paper, or if you're in one of the two counties who practice pound seizure,
from your local animal shelter.
The Voice of the Voiceless
I am the voice of the voiceless Through me the dumb shall
speak Till the world's deaf ear be
made to hear The wrongs of the wordless weak. Oh shame on the mothers of mortals Who do not stoop to teach The sorrow that lies in dear dumb eyes The sorrow that has no speech. From street, from cage, from kennel From stable and from zoo The wall of my tortured kin proclaims the sin Of the mighty
against the frail. But I am my brother's
keeper And I shall fight their fight And
speak the word for beast and bird Till the world shall set things right. |