Rodney was a sweet dog who was taken from a shelter and operated on repeatedly in a medical training lab before being killed. His story gets to the heart of why we fight tirelessly to free all animals from cruel training procedures and lab experiments:
“ He was always happy to see us—tail thumping wildly against the walls of his small steel cage. I was in my third year of veterinarian school and he came from the local dog pound. For the next quarter, four of us students would practice surgery techniques on him, the first of our
small animal surgery training. From the looks of him Rodney hadn't had much of a life, so a pat on the butt and a little walk around the college complex made his day…
[W]e did an abdominal exploratory, opening his abdomen, checking his organ inventory, and closing him again. This was the first major surgery for any of us, and with inadequate supervision we did not close him properly. By the next morning, his incision had opened and he was sitting on his small intestine. Hastily, we sewed him up again, and he survived.
The following week, again when he was under anesthesia, we broke his leg and repaired it with a steel pin. After this, Rodney seemed in almost constant pain, his temperature rose, and he didn't rebound so easily as he had in the past. His resiliency gone, despite antibiotic treatment, he never recovered.
The quarter was ending, and Rodney's days were numbered. One afternoon we put him to sleep. As the life drained from his body and his eyes lost their focus, my attitude toward animal research began to
I am a scientist, weaned on the scientific method…But after 15 years in the veterinary profession, I now believe there are moral and ethical considerations that outweigh any benefits. Because we happen to be the most powerful species on Earth, we humans have the ability- but not the right-to abuse the so-called lower animals. The ends do not justify the means. ”
~Peter M. Henricksen, D. V. M.
Tragically, millions of animals suffer like Rodney in laboratories every year. These animals cannot speak up for themselves. But by joining the Remembering Rodney Society, you can be their voice. Your monthly donation will sustain the Physicians Committee’s lifesaving work to spare countless other animals like Rodney from suffering a similar fate.
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