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  • Rita Fazio
    I have included an extra letter (#2,) which deals with not only a more in-depth look at why shelters should not sell animals to labs, but also gives facts
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 21, 2004
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      I have included an extra letter (#2,) which deals with not only a more in-depth look at why shelters should not sell animals to labs, but also gives facts about animal research. Please read everything, including the statement of Jackson Co. animal countrol regarding pound seizure, via the link below, then decide what to write.
      Thanks, Rita
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      SAMPLE LETTER'S and CONTACT INFO., To STOP Jackson County Animal Control From Selling Animals for Research

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      PLEASE CROSSPOST

      Info Source: Lisa Marie"
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      ** The information in these letters is verified with the original source.
      Alert prepared by myREBAdog @...

      Info Jackson County Animal Control Website re Selling Animals for Research:
      http://www.co.jackson.mi.us/Agencies/animalShel/index.Asp

      Source of Info/Contact Info:
      http://www.jethrosplace.com/

      Please write the Jackson County Commissioners and let them know that the almighty dollar is not a reason to sell animals to research dealers.

      ( please be polite if personalizing )
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      To:

      CHerl @...
      GAdams @...
      TBrittai @...
      JDay @...
      rbaxter @...
      JVideto @...
      JShotwel @...
      GMahoney @...
      JRice @...
      RLacinsk @...
      gwilson @...
      DElwell @...

      ~~~Please Personalize Sample Letter~~~

      Jackson Board of Commissioners:

      Cliff Herl
      CHerl @...

      Gary Adams
      GAdams @...

      Todd Brittain
      TBrittai @...

      John Day
      JDay @...

      Rick Baxter
      rbaxter @...

      Jim Videto
      JVideto @...

      Jim Shotwell
      JShotwel @...

      Gail Mahoney
      GMahoney @...

      Jim Rice
      JRice @...

      Robert Lacinski
      RLacinsk @...

      Greg Wilson
      gwilson @...

      David Elwell
      DElwell @...
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      *****SAMPLE LETTER #1
      Re: STOP Animal Control From Selling Animals for Research

      Dear Board of Commissioners:

      I am very shocked by some alarming news I have heard: Jackson County Animal Control's practice of "pound seizure" -- selling unclaimed shelter animals to research dealers and/or facilities.

      As you know, shelters were developed as places where people could bring unwanted or stray animals with the hope new homes would be found for them. Pound seizure betrays the trust of those people as well as the animals who were once their companions.

      Please consider:
      ~~ These innocent beings suffer the double blow of abandonment and then confinement to a laboratory cage, often painful testing, and the loss of human friends.

      ~~ A lost or stolen pet may not be located or rescued in time to prevent this tragedy.

      ~~ A animal guardian doesn't know if a beloved companion will fall into the hands of researchers as long as animals from pounds are allowed to be sold to these facilities.

      ~~ Pound seizure results in a loss of revenue. When the public becomes aware that impounded animals will be sold for research and public trust is lost, people abandon animals rather than bring them to a shelter. This causes more work for animal control personnel; adds to the formation of dog packs; contributes to the overpopulation that has been the cause of it all; and forces animals to try to survive on the streets -- only to suffer short, unbearable lives and horrific deaths.

      ~~ According to the In Defense of Animals' Stolen Companion Animal Program, when a shelter sells its homeless animals, statistics show an increase in the theft of dogs and cats due to the motive for quick cash.

      The issue is not whether using animals in research is necessary, right or wrong. This is about innocent companion animals who once knew love, warmth, and affection who are turned into commodoties by the shelters that were set up for their protection.

      Please immediately ban the sale by animal shelters of homeless and abandoned animals to research facilities and dealers.

      Thank you for your consideration and anticipated compassion.

      Sincerely,

      Your Name
      Your Address
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      *****SAMPLE LETTER #2

      Dear Board of Commissioners:

      Please add my voice to those who are opposed to shelters that are involved with the practice of "pound seizure" -- selling unclaimed shelter animals to research facilities.

      According to the IDA Stolen Companion Animal Program, when a shelter sells its homeless animals, statistics point to an increase in the theft of dogs and cats. This is due to a profit motive to sell animals. While many pound workers are ethical and hard working, the temptation to sell animals by the back door for quick cash is an all too familiar reality across our country.

      No one can be certain their own beloved companion will never fall into the hands of researchers as long as animals from pounds are allowed to be sold to researchers. A lost or stolen pet may not be located or rescued in time to prevent this tragedy.

      Estimates of the number of animals tortured and killed annually in US laboratories diverge widely -- from 17 to 70 million animals. The majority of dogs and cats used in experiments come from breeders, animal shelters and pounds, and organized "bunchers" who pick up strays, purchase litters from unsuspecting people who allow their companion animals to become pregnant, obtain animals from "Free to a Good Home" advertisements, or trap and steal the animals.

      Enormous physiological variations exist among rats, rabbits, dogs, pigs, and human beings. A 1989 study to determine the carcinogenicity of fluoride illustrated this fact. Approximately 520 rats and 520 mice were given daily doses of the mineral for two years. Not one mouse was adversely affected by the fluoride, but the rats experienced health problems including cancer of the mouth and bone. As test data cannot accurately be extrapolated from a mouse to a rat, it can't be argued that data can accurately be extrapolated from either species to a human.

      In many cases, animal studies do not just hurt animals and waste money; they harm and kill people, too. The drugs thalidomide, Zomax, and DES were all tested on animals and judged safe but had devastating consequences for the humans who used them. A General Accounting Office report, released in May 1990, found that more than half of the prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration between 1976 and 1985 caused side effects that were serious enough to cause the drugs to be withdrawn from the market or relabeled. All of these drugs had been tested on animals.

      The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports that sophisticated non-animal research methods are more accurate, less expensive, and less time-consuming than traditional animal-based research methods. Patients waiting for helpful drugs and treatments could be spared years of suffering if companies and government agencies would implement the efficient alternatives to animal studies.

      This practice of experimenting on animals encourages animal users not to venture into more humane teaching and testing methods, and it puts already traumatized shelter animals through more pain, suffering, and distress before they are killed in the laboratory.
      Pound seizure can also result in a loss of revenue for many reasons. Where there is public awareness that impounded animals will be sold for research, public trust is tarnished. People abandon animals in the county which creates more work for animal control personnel, adds to the formation of dog packs and the destruction of other animals. Pound seizure actually increases the cost of tax-supported animal control.

      For all of the above reasons, I strongly urge you to immediately ban the sale of homeless and abandoned animals to research facilities.

      Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing your decision.

      Sincerely,

      Your Name
      Your Address
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      Remember the Animals:
      They Don't Vote, But People Who Love Them Do

      OR: I'm Pro Animal and I VOTE!!!!




      Rita Fazio,

      Korea Animal Protection Society (KAPS)
      International Aid for Korean Animals (IAKA)
      http://www.koreananimals.org/index.htm


      Don't turn your back upon their pain, because it's hard to see.They have no other place to turn, They've only you and me.






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