ATTEND RALLY: Did you know that Logan Council in Queensland regularly sends it’s healthy pound animals to the University of Queensland for use in terminal surgery labs? It’s been going on a long time. And it’s time to stop.
There is growing opposition to the practice and if you are a local resident, NonHumanRescue invites you to attend a public rally on Sat 27th November at the Logan Animal Management Centre in Kingston and another on 29th January at the University itself. Please go and bring all your friends.
Please sign the petition here – do it now!
Additional information on the subject:
This is from the website of another organisation (not involved in this rally), Humane Research Australia:
“A number of Australian councils have been identified that provide dogs to Queensland University for research purposes.
Caboolture Shire Council, (now Moreton Bay Regional Council) stated “Council has a long standing arrangement with local veterinary clinics and the Queensland University for the humane euthanasia of unwanted animals.”
(DRP note inserted : we have been told that Moreton Bay Council have now stopped the practice)
Logan City Council, despite receiving petitions and reviewing the situation after much correspondence and a meeting with HRA “made the decision to provide animals to the university.”
The University of Queensland has advised that they use pound animals for training veterinary surgeons and in feeding trial research.
The Humane Research Australia Inc. opposes the use of pound animals in research and teaching for the following reasons:
For a Council to send it’s animals to a University for live testing, research, education, and then killing, is morally and ethically wrong. They say “they are going to die anyway…”
This campaign needs a lot of public support, please get involved now.
Actions you can take:
1)Attend the rally in Logan on November 27th and 29 January.
3) Download and distribute this poster :NonHumanRescue_PublicRally_DLFlyer_Email_DB
4) Please write to the following Minister and Councils and other key stakeholders:
|Mulherin, Hon. Tim Sean, MP
Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland
|8th Floor, DPI Building
80 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
GPO Box 46, Brisbane QLD 4001
|tel: 323 93000
fax: 322 98541
Mr Chris Rose
Chief Executive Officer
Logan City Council
PO Box 3226
Logan City DC
Or email: email@example.com
Cr Pam Parker
Mayor, Logan City Council
PO Box 3226
Logan City DC
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Jonathan Hill
Head of School & Dean ,
School of Veterinary Science
University of Queensland
Or email: email@example.com
(Note: the vet school must be influenced to change their practices in using live animals)
Dear Minister Mulherin,
I am deeply concerned about the inhumane treatment of pets entrusted to Logan City Council Animal Management Centre QLD. I urge you to cease this inhumane arrangement of providing healthy homeless pets to the University of QLD for veterinary students to use in terminal surgery labs.
It is unethical to “practice” on healthy homeless pets in order to gain skills to use on those fortunate enough to have potential owners who are willing to provide these pets with a loving home.
These homeless pets are sentient beings and are not tools to be used in labs because they have had irresponsible first owners and ended up in a council facility. Sydney and Melbourne University have ceased this inhumane practice and actually offer a desexing service so that student vets can learn post operative surgery monitoring as this is the skill they will need when in a real life clinic.
How can any medical professional/student vet judge the success of an operation if they kill their patient before waking them up?
With human medicine, professionals learn from other doctors in teaching hospitals. If this is acceptable then why not allow experimental operations on homeless people?
This practice indicts a conflict of interest between pets interests and business relations.
Considering now there is several humane teaching options this is an outdated and inhumane practice that is exploiting healthy homeless pets in QLD.
As Minister you must act now on the interests of these homeless pets and end this inhumane and outdated inhumane practice.
In 2008, DRP wrote this letter to the then head of the University Veterinary Department. We did not get a reply.
Dear Dr Filippich
“UQ Veterinary School associate professor Lucio Fillippich said he was baffled by the decision because his feedback indicated the public was “very supportive”.
“If the supply stops, obviously we can’t continue,” he said.
“We would hope to be able to find sources, but whether we will or not (I don’t know) … we do get animals that are donated, but not enough.”
Dr Fillippich said it was essential for trainee vets and urged Logan councilors to keep providing animals, which were destined to be euthanased anyway.
“We don’t believe there’s any genuine reason why this source of animals should be stopped,” he said.
“Certainly if we lose these sources then our education system will suffer without a doubt.”
“We wouldn’t be using them if we could do the same training in an alternative way.”
I refer to your comments in the Courier Mail August 4th 2008.
I’d like to present you with a perspective you may not have considered.
It would seem to me that your request to keep the flow of healthy animals coming from Councils means that you by implication endorse the excess animals that are regrettably in the Pound system.
I could understand that that is not your intent, but that is an outcome you have created.
May I ask please if you are a member of the AVA?
The AVA in NSW has been doing everything in its power to stop the progress of the NSW Animals (Regulation of Sale) Bill 2007 which is aimed at reducing the numbers of healthy animals that end up in pounds and shelters.
I wonder if these two issues are remotely linked in any way?
Ie: “we need lots of animals for our vets to learn on”…. And…….. “let’s do everything we can to stop a Bill that will remove many animals from the pound system”.
I would welcome your comments on this.
If you have been quoted correctly, then your comment about healthy animals ”which are going to be euthenased anyway” is reprehensible and sadly disappointing.
The animals deserve better than that from a professional vet. What example are you setting the young vets coming through?
I can tell you that I am one member of the public that is absolutely not “very supportive” of this strategy in the least.
Your positioning of this issue unfortunately and regrettably endorses the situation in Australia where we produce more animals than can be found homes for, and the excess end up in pounds to be killed (whether in the Pound or one of your labs – it makes no difference).
You are implying , possibly not deliberately, that this is in fact “OK” because it gives you what you want – more animals in your labs.
………“Don’t change the status quo please”.
May I ask what you and your faculty are doing to reduce the numbers of healthy animals entering the pound system? I can understand that it might not be in your charter, but the public with whom we communicate will be interested.
Doctors today don’t learn on healthy humans that they euthenase at the end of their procedures.
To say “they would be killed anyway” is just wrong – someone in your position should know better than that.
I’m sure you can find other ways for vets to study their art.
To imply as you have, that if you don’t get the animals, the veterinary science will suffer, impresses no one.”