Target: Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria, Australia
Goal: Ban medical testing on greyhounds and other dogs.
Dogs are allegedly being subjected to barbaric medical experiments, including one where they are suffocated, revived, and killed again. These experiments, conducted by the Monash University in Victoria, Australia, exploit unwanted racing industry greyhounds. Another experiment conducted at the University of Melbourne allegedly saw screws inserted into dogs’ skulls and electrodes inserted into their brains, causing extreme discomfort in all of the dogs and a swollen blood clot in one.
In a recent experiment, 12 dogs were suffocated and had their hearts removed, according to rights group Humane Research Australia. Six of them then had their hearts re-inserted and were resuscitated. These dogs underwent a few hours of monitoring before being euthanized. While researchers claim that the experiments aimed to “test how well hearts can be preserved before organ transplants when the donor has already died,” some have questioned whether the researchers have learned anything that can be applied to human surgery.
Experimentation on unwanted racing greyhounds is rampant in Australia. In Victoria, nearly 2,000 dogs were used in experiments last year alone. In many of these experiments, the dogs were put down afterward. Some of these experiments were purely cosmetic, including various dental surgeries performed on beagles and greyhounds.
This cruel and unnecessary experimentation must stop immediately. Especially considering the availability of highly specialized simulation software, there is no need to torture innocent animals. Sign the petition below to demand that Victoria save hundreds of dogs from torture and cruel death by banning the performance of medical experiments on animals.
Dear Mrs. Dessau,
Reports have surfaced of researchers performing torturous and unnecessary experiments on racing greyhounds. These include reports of dogs being suffocated and having their hearts taken out before being revived, and others subjected to purely cosmetic dental surgeries. Of the nearly 2,000 dogs subjected to these experiments each year, many are put to death afterward. Rights advocates say that many of these experiments have very little benefit to human medical care.
Adding insult to injury, this cruel experimentation takes advantage of dogs that have already spent time enslaved by the racing industry. It is imperative that we stop abusing dogs to this shocking degree by banning these types of unnecessary and barbaric testing. We, the undersigned, demand that Victoria take a stand against the rampant abuse of medical testing animals.
[Your Name Here]
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