The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1985 - Page A2 9
Lab research on pets sparks controversy
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Medicine makes periodic visits to
research sites in 23 buildings on cam-
pus, Sussman said.
Professors who plan to use animals
in research projects must fill out a
Notice of Intent supplied by the unit,
answering questions about facilities,
surgical procedures, drugs to be ad-
ministered, and forms of euthanasia
to be used, said Bennet Cohen, the
LISKA conceded that the Univer-
sity's animal care facilities passed
with flying colors when it was in-
spected by Humane Society officials.
She said,, "I do not dispute the
idea that there are legitimate needs
for animals in research. But not
everybody has the high-quality
:program that Michigan does."
"Not all of the animals are used for
research in higher education," she
said. "Some are used by private in-
dustries, such as the cleaning,
cosmetics, and soap industries."
LISKA ALSO said that there is a
problem with pets being stolen, then
sold to animal dealers who supply
laboratories with animals.
Sussman says that the pet research
bill would not only waste dollars, but
more animal lives. He says that "the
thing to remember is that 500,000
animals are euthanised every year
anyway. To have to breed more
animals to make up the loss would be
a waste of animals."
"The legislation would interfere
with bio-medical research that
benefits the health and well-being of
both humans and animals," Sussman
The bill, introduced by Senator
Gilbert Dinello (D-East Detroit), and
Senator Harry DeMaso (R-Battle
Creek), was originally slated for a
vote last June. But because
legislatures were tied-up with
deciding on a state budget, the bill will
be voted on sometime this fall.
No one would comment on whether
the bill is expected to pass, but
DeMaso says that his office has been
inundated with letters from people
supporting the bill. Roberta Palmer,
assistant vice president for State
Relations at the University, says that
on the other hand, she expects a great
deal of opposition from other univer-
sities, hospitals, and private in-
Daily Photo by DARRIAN SMITH
Bob, a dog that the University bought from a pound is recovering from
recent heart surgery. The University uses pound animals in bio-medical
m en's touch Daily Photo by ALISA BLOCK
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