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ACTION ALERT
Sydney - July 1, 2009
Ban the provision of pound dogs for research and teaching

ACT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Logan and Moreton Bay Councils in Queensland are sending lost and abandoned dogs from their municipal pounds to the University of Queensland to be used as experimental apparatus for research and teaching.

This practice has already been stopped altogether in a number of other electorates. Yet it continues in these few areas despite there being a number of alternatives readily available in veterinary teaching that allow students to acquire an equal education to those that use animals in terminal surgery. This practice is therefore blatantly flouting the legally enforceable Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, that specifically states that ' scientific and teaching activities using animals may be performed only when they are essential' , and that ' techniques that totally or partially replace the use of animals for scientific purposes must be sought and used wherever possible."

There is no justification for continuing this cruel and unethical practice. Abandoned animals in pounds and shelters have already suffered the fear and distress of losing their carers and familiar territory. Their use in research and teaching is the ultimate betrayal and one that cannot be condoned in a caring society.

Action:

Write to the contacts below, requesting an immediate ban on the provision of lost, unwanted or stray animals by pounds and animal shelters to research institutions.

Points to make in your letter:

  • The use of pound dogs as 'practice tools' for veterinary students is a cruel and unethical practice.
  • It takes advantage of the human problem of pet overpopulation rather than addressing it.
  • Australian legislation requires that alternatives to animals are used wherever they are available (and they are available for veterinary teaching).
  • Studies have shown that veterinary students who do not participate in terminal surgery perform as well as, and in some cases better than, their colleagues.
  • Participation in terminal surgery labs has shown that students can become desensitised to the needs of animals.
  • Veterinary students can practice under strict supervision treating animals that genuinely require medical assistance - such as helping with desexing programs.

Send your letters to:

Mr Chris Rose
Chief Executive Officer
Logan City Council
PO Box 3226
Logan City DC Qld 4114
Email: council@logan.qld.gov.au
Cr Pam Parker
Mayor
Logan City Council
PO Box 3226
Logan City DC Qld 4114
Email: mayor@logan.qld.gov.au
Mr John Rauber
Chief Executive Officer
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Caboolture District Office
PO Box 159
Caboolture Qld4510
Email: caboolture@moretonbay.qld.gov.au
Cr Allan Sutherland
Mayor
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Caboolture District Office
PO Box 159
Caboolture Qld4510
Email: mayor@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

These local councils can also be contacted through the following websites:

Logan Council: http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/LCC/council/councillors/localcouncillors/

Moreton Bay Regional Council: http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/council.aspx?id=94

Prof. Roger Swift
Executive Dean
Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Veterinary Science
University of Queensland
Gatton Qld4343
Email: deannravs@uqg.uq.edu.au

The Hon. Tim Mulherin MP
Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland
GPO Box 46
Brisbane Qld 4001
Email: dpi@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Please send us copies of any responses you receive.





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