Drug Experimentation Research on Dogs

January 1st, 2010 by Paul Johnson

Drug experimentation research Beagle dogs

I never used to really think about drug experimentation on dogs and cats, but I recently researched the issue and was shocked at what I was reading. Experimentation in a laboratory setting in the U.S on dogs, goes all the way back to 1913 when Nobel Prize winner Alexis Carrel discovered transplant rejection (Carrel A (1910) J Exper Med 12, 146).

To make matters worse, a lot of these drugs are experimented for stuff that isn’t even a life or death decision or an improvement over other drugs they are replacing. For example, in the U.K during the 90’s to test Viagra, they removed the foreskin of the penis and electric shocked it during their tests on beagles. They not only test on pharmaceutical drugs, but also agricultural and food additives. Why are dogs being tested on stuff that doesn’t need to be added to food in the first place and stuff that is used on crops? Even the U.S government has done some testing, they admitted they did cyanide poison tests and a new form of tear gas (I-MCHT) testing in the 80’s on beagles.

Right now one of the most dispicable current researchers is Dr. Billman. He has received dozens of grants from the U.S government to test and kill beagle dogs. In this recent 2007 grant Dr. Billman gave the beagles a heart attack by having them run on a treadmill while he expanded a balloon in their heart! He was to kill 120 dogs from this experiment, only to find out the cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, the same fat that is in naturally in nuts, fish, and flaxseed oil.

What I don’t understand is how dog abuse is illegal in the U.S and europe yet we are clearly abusing dogs. What really outrages me is that we are doing it for even trivial things, all in the name of profit.

  1. Jules on January 1st, 2010

    That is heart-breaking. It’s sad that nothing has been done about it and that it continues even today.

  2. Jennifer on May 10th, 2010

    I thought this was a one time experiment, which would be bad enough. But if you look at the history of Dr. Billman’s “project,” he has received between 470-500k over the past couple of years. Why on earth would this awful experiment need to be repeated?


  3. virginia on January 11th, 2011

    i think it very cruel what they do to animals and this should not be allowed at all for most of the time the treament does not work and it is a very cruel way to treat animals and it should be stopped!!!!!

  4. Emily on January 23rd, 2012
  5. carmela on May 6th, 2012

    Through the busy years of working and raising my children I didn’t think as much about this form of abuse and torture as I do now. Exposing this by protesting or picketing companies that us this such as the recent news story about Brisol Myers in NJ
    Many people caRE BUT HAVE NO reminders that this is going on. Organizations like PETA should
    organize more attention to this problem