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Penny Marshall Urges Wayne State University to Stop Animal Testing

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Best known for portraying Laverne in “Laverne & Shirley,” Penny Marshall has recently spoken out against the cruel experiments on dogs carried out at Wayne State University and urged them to stop these experiments right away.

It came to Marshall’s attention that one of the dogs in Wayne State’s lab had been named Laverne, after the character she played, and that this dog had been subjected to painful experiments on her heart, for which her chest was cut open and she was made to run on a treadmill.

Shocked and appalled at this revelation, Marshall has contacted Wayne State University to attempt to stop them from performing this inhumane research. According to Look to the Stars, she wrote:

“I still remember the episode on the hit TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley in which my character, Laverne, and her friend Shirley handcuffed themselves to a dog destined for euthanasia at the pound in an effort to save his life. The dog was ultimately spared and found a loving home at the end of the episode.

“Tragically, a dog given my character’s name – as well as many others like her – met the opposite fate in horrific heart failure experiments at Wayne State University. I am writing to urge you to immediately end these cruel, unnecessary experiments and instead focus on human-relevant research. Two decades of these experiments – which have not translated into benefits for Americans suffering from heart disease – is quite high.

“Researchers have gained far greater insight into the causes of heart failure from epidemiological studies such as the Framingham Study and the Methodist study. In addition, human-relevant basic science studies and human clinical trials offer reliable information about this problem and other cardiac disorders.”

Marshall isn’t the first celebrity to advocate alternatives to animal testing for medical research, with stars such as Ian Somerhalder and Pamela Anderson also in favor of such alternatives.

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