Six Labrador retrievers are slated to be euthanized at the end of a medical trial experiment for dental implants in a Swedish laboratory. The experiment at the University of Gothenburg has garnered more than 80,000 signatures protesting the animal cruelty and subsequent death sentences for the dogs.
According to Sweden’s The Local News, the six Labradors who are one and two-years-old, each had more than a third of their teeth extracted and replaced with implants. The Djurrattsalliansen (Animal Rights Alliance) social media page is fighting to save the lives of Milia, Mimosa, Luna, Lotus, Venus and Zuri from being killed at the end of the experiment.
“Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan stand on the dogs side. The British Comedian Ricky Gervais and the actor Peter Egan choose to back up our campaign for the six labradorerna at the university of Gothenburg. Everything else joins the campaign but despite that, Göteborgs universitet refuses to take the dialogue with us and meet.”
According to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at the university, he continues to defend his position stating the experiment is necessary in order to gain more knowledge. The dogs were selected because of the similarity between their saliva and oral bacteria compared to that of humans.
“Swedish animal rights organization, Djurrättsalliansen (Animal rights Alliance) has been pleading with Gothenberg University to free Venus, Milia, Mimosa, Luna, Lotus and Zuri, handing over a petition which has garnered more than 80,000 signatures. Now Animal Justice Project has joined forces with Djurrättsalliansen to continue to raise awareness.”
The case continues to bring outrage in Swedish media with an outcry stating how removing a dog’s teeth would be an extremely painful experience for any dog; also requiring a physician to use great force extracting the teeth of a healthy young dog. During the investigation by the humane organization, one of the dogs had to be treated for “lying sores on her elbows” and that she was being kept in a cold room.
“Dental research on dogs at Gothenburg University has been going on since at least 2009 – with the animals suffering intensely. Before the test is complete, the Labradors will have been anesthetized six times, and had 35 percent of their teeth pulled out,” reported PlantBasedNews.
“An ex-veterinarian from the university, Dr. Mark Collins, points out that there are other ways to study human dental implants and that dogs and humans have vastly different teeth. ‘These dogs know exactly what to expect when they enter the surgery room, and they are afraid,’ he added.”
The dogs are expected to be killed at the end of February.
Swedish regulations allow animal testing only if researchers can prove it is the only way to obtain information. Testing on animals in Europe for cosmetics has been banned, however Gothenburg University insists the experiments will continue.
(Photo of dogs used for dental implants via FB)