Bill aims to stop dog experiments at public institutions in Michigan

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- A bill would stop public institutions from conducting experiments on dogs has been introduced in the state House.

The legislation seeks to bar the use of taxpayer funds for experiments, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit.

Sponsors of the bill say researchers at Wayne State University have conducted heart failure and hypertension experiments on live dogs.

According to public records, the dogs endure multiple surgeries, during which devices, cables, and wires are implanted into their bodies.

Records show that the dogs often experience pain and distress, and up to one-quarter of the dogs die before data are collected.

“Michiganders do not want their tax dollars to go to useless and cruel experiments,” says Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette). “We need to put an end to this inhumane practice so that we can focus on research that benefits human health.”

House Bill 5090 has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

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