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Protestors converge in Kalamazoo to protest animal testing during World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week

April 26, 2012

This article is by Janet Vormittag, Publisher of Cats and Dogs, a Magazine Devoted to Companion Animals and author of Dog 281,

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (April 21 – 29, 2012 ) is the time when activists come together to make a difference for animals. 

According to Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
(SAEN) over 20,000,000 million animals suffer and die in U.S. laboratories every year.  “These innocent victims are subjected to addictive drugs, caustic chemicals, ionizing radiation, chemical and biological weapons, electric shock, deprivation of food and/or water, psychological torture and many other horrors.”

SAEN was founded in 1996 to force an end to the abuse of animals in laboratories.

Tuesday afternoon Grand Rapids resident Robin Karell-Brouwer drove 67 miles to protest the use of animals used at MPI Research Inc., 54943 N Main Street, Mattawan.

The picket, organized by Kalamazoo Animal Liberation League (KALL), was part of a worldwide protest held during World Laboratory Animal Liberation eek.

Karell-Brouwer said she made the trip because she feels strongly about animals used in research. “It’s ethically wrong. I love animals and I think what they do to them is disgusting. I see it as torture.”

According to the 2010 annual report filed with the United States Department of Agriculture, MPI Research used 12,982 animals that year, including:

Dogs:              3,520

Cats:                    64

Guinea Pigs:      583

Hamsters:            29

Rabbits:          3,879

Primates:        3,136

Sheep:                 29

Pigs:               1,648

Others:                94

Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore research facility reports do not include these animals.

According to their website, “MPI Research partners with pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and chemical companies, conducting research throughout the drug and device discovery and development process.”

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