By Ingrid E. Newkirk
“Loves fetch and belly rubs. Sweet dog. Good for a family.”
That’s how Chance was described on his intake form at the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS).
But NUVAS did not place Chance with a loving family. PETA recently obtained his photo and those of 50 other dogs who were also sold by NUVAS to the University of Utah for use in deadly experiments.
We may never know what became of Chance. We do know that experimenters at the University cut holes into the chests and necks of dogs from NUVAS, implanted pacemakers into their hearts to induce irregular heartbeats, and then killed and dissected them. They also drilled holes into the skulls of cats from NUVAS and used others for training exercises in which they repeatedly forced hard plastic tubes down the cats’ delicate throats.
Descriptions of all these animals were recorded on the shelter’s intake forms. They were described as “very cute,” “cuddly,” “good with children,” “housebroken,” able to “sit and shake hands,” etc.
In other words, they have qualities that remind us of our own special companion animals.
PETA wants NUVAS to stop betraying the very animals it is charged with protecting.
It is the only shelter in Utah that still engages in the shameful practice of selling animals for experimentation.
Our undercover investigation of the University of Utah and its abuse of dogs and cats led to a repeal of the mandatory pound-seizure law in that state. All the Utah pounds that were exposed by our investigation and that were revealed to be supplying the university have closed their doors to animal experimenters — except for NUVAS.
Of course, even if NUVAS changes its ways, millions of other animals in U.S. laboratories will still undergo painful experiments. Their heads will be sliced open, they’ll be electrically shocked, and they’ll be condemned to a lonely, frightening life in a cage.
Animals are not ours to experiment on.
PETA’s work has helped end many cruel experiments, exposed violations of federal law, prompted the government to take back money from animal experimenters, closed the doors of animal shelters to laboratories, and provided funding that has led to the development, validation, and use of modern, effective non-animal tests. We have more scientists on staff than any other animal protection group, and they’ve convinced U.S. and international regulators to cancel tests that would have killed millions of animals.
We won’t stop until we cut off the supply of animals to labs and succeed in mandating the use of humane methods in place of cruel animal tests. Please help us further our work by donating today.
Ingrid E. Newkirk is president of PETA.