Nine dogs have been euthanized as part of a study a John Hopkins University
A total of 19 animals were experimented on at the Balitmore school between 2017 and 2018, ten of which survived. According to Hopkins spokeswoman Kim Hoppe, the remaining animals were adopted at the end of the trial.
The study, which was hoping to examine the effects of spinal cord stimulation on gastrointestinal disorders, was terminated early — something which, according to a letter written by activism group Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), rarely happens in federally funded medical research.
John Hopkins University uses many species of animals in its research facilities, including dogs, rabbits, rats, mice, and marmoset monkeys. The university also made headlines earlier this year after the accidental death of a marmoset monkey — the result of a technician closing a door on the animal’s neck.
According to the USDA, over 800,000 animals were used in US testing facilities in 2017. However, this number does not include mice or rats, which are the animals most commonly used in laboratory settings.
Many groups advocate against the use of animals in research, SAEN and PETA inclusive.
Alternatives to animal testing are numerous and have been proven to be accurate and efficient, which many argue negates the need to harm animals in experiments.
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