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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Animal Research Booming in State of Victoria

Animals for research purposes are coming from municipal shelters, breeders and the greyhound trade. Unwanted farm dogs are another source.

From the Herald Sun...
In 2007, 394 dogs died during procedures for canine and human research.

The fate of many others remains unclear. None of the animal shelters contacted by the Herald Sun have come across ex-research dogs in need of a home.

RSPCA state president Dr Hugh Wirth slammed municipal pounds for being involved in the research trade.

"The selling of dogs from the pound for this purpose is morally wrong. They are owned by somebody," he said.

Dr Wirth said animal testing was increasing, with Victoria doing more research than any other state.

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