Rabies Challenge Fund Supports Cruel Dog Experiments

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i wanna explore - let me out!
Purred: Fri Jul 4, '08 6:02am PST 
I know this is more about dogs than cats but many of us have both o please cross-post on dogster to warm people not to give to this horrible group!

The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust has solicited donations from dog
lovers who have been told that their money will help reduce the number of
rabies vaccines given to dogs. But the Rabies Challenge Fund fails to
mention that donations will also fund painful experiments that cause dogs to
suffer and die.

Despite the fact that the Rabies Challenge Fund uses a happy dog as its
mascot and has taken every opportunity to use cute pictures of dogs to
decorate its Web site, the sinister reality is that the $1.25 million
donated to the Rabies Challenge Fund will be used to house, experiment on,
and eventually kill at least 70 dogs over a 7-year period. Some of these
dogs will die in an excruciating fit of convulsions, while others will
become disoriented, suffer paralysis of the face and throat, and eventually
die from respiratory arrest. The nasty details of this study have not been
disclosed to donors and have been exceedingly difficult to obtain.

Rabies Challenge Fund organizers have refused to provide us with many
details, but the following is what we do know:
The Rabies Challenge Fund purchased puppies and dogs from a laboratory
supplier and plans to keep them at an unnamed research facility for their
entire lives.
Two studies are planned-one lasting 5 years and another lasting 7 years. At
the culmination of the two studies, the dogs will either suffer and die from
rabies or an experimenter will kill them. At least 70 dogs are needed for
data reporting in the studies, which means that a larger number of dogs will
probably be used in these experiments.
The dogs will be infected with the live rabies virus at the end of each
study. The dogs who do not receive the vaccine will almost certainly die
from rabies, and those who receive the vaccine might also die from rabies.
If the virus doesn't kill the dogs, they will be killed by an experimenter.

The dogs who will be infected and killed in these experiments are no
different than those who are lucky enough to be our beloved companion
animals. The studies designed by the Rabies Challenge Fund are purely
Please ask Rabies Challenge Fund Founder and Co-Trustee Kris Christine (
ledgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com), Co-Trustee Jean Dodds (
hemopet@hotmail.com), and Researcher Ronald Schultz, D.V.M. (
schultzr@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu), to use donated funds to develop a non-animal
method that will be accepted by USDA-rather than conducting yet another
study on a rabies vaccine that will cause many dogs to suffer and die.*

Edited by author Mon Jul 14, '08 4:16pm PST

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Queen of the- Mansion
Purred: Mon Jul 7, '08 5:48am PST 
Not everything in medical research and testing can be done with non-animal methods. And with rabies having a 100% fatality rate for humans AND our beloved cat and dog companions, the FDA is going to demand a rubber-meets-the-road, conclusive, live animal trial.

Over the last two decades, the use of animal testing has been reduced a lot. Every major pharma company has procedures in place to identify non-animal methods that can substitute for animal methods with scientific validity. They also have animal care committies with community representatives (i.e., animal welfare people who aren't employed by the company) to oversee care of the animals that are used.

But those non-animal methods still mostly replace animals in the earlier stages of research, the is it toxic/how toxic/is it likely to have useful pharmaceutical effect. It means that there's a lot less "wasted" animal testing, of things that aren't going to have any use. In the end, nothing can be approved for use by the FDA without being tested on the species it's going to be used in. If they want to prove that rabies vaccine produces five-year or seven-year immunity in dogs, they have to test it--in dogs.

And if they were going to approve something without testing, it wouldn't be a rabies vaccine or an extended rabies vaccine protocol. That's because rabies does have that 100% fatality rate, in humans, dogs, and cats.