In a new undercover video from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), actress, animal rights activist and Georgia native Kim Basinger reveals animal cruelty that happened recently in her own backyard. The video was produced during a three month undercover investigation by HSUS at Georgia Regents University (GRU) and reveals two major violations:
- The use of unscrupulous animal dealers who likely traffic in stolen pets.
- A series of cruel surgeries performed on dogs, most likely conducting for the purpose of testing a cosmetic product against a competitor’s product.
In this particular case, GRU bought dogs from Class B animal dealer Kenneth Schroeder, one of six Class B animal dealers in the United States. According to HSUS, Class B dealers are poorly regulated and obtain animals from sources that may traffic in stolen pets. Indeed, on September 19, the USDA filed a legal complaint against Schroeder alleging he obtained animals from unauthorized sources.
According to James P. Jensvold, DDS, a dentist who reviewed two of the studies conducted at GRU and exposed by HSUS, the university’s experimentation on unscrupulously obtained dogs was neither required by the FDA, nor helpful in protecting human patients. Furthermore, the surgeries performed on the dogs appear to have been designed to test GRU’s proprietary dental implants against a competitor’s product. What makes these experiments even more frivolous and tragic is that such implants are typically used for cosmetic, not medical purposes.
According to the video, 65,000 dogs in the United States are used for experimentation, research or education each year. As with the unfortunate dogs used in the GRU studies, dogs are typically euthanized at the conclusion of such studies.
You can help by watching and sharing the video below, or you can go directly to HSUS to take action on behalf of animals at Georgia Regents University.