Attention Needed: Dogs Adopted and Used For Medical Research
Even in some of the most remote areas, animals have found protection under the wing of caring individuals. It's always refreshing to hear rescue and adoption stories from these small, individually run shelters that rarely shine in the media spot light. But behind these good stories are the darker stores that need our attention.
News has just been brought to my attention that tragedy has struck a shelter in Sri Lanka; a shelter that has provided soliced to stray and abused animals for close to 10 years. This shelter, run by KACPAW (Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare), has been home to many companion animals that needed another chance at life. ("Kandy" being the name of the town where the shelter is located, not a warm and fuzzy adjective.)
Unfortunately a good adoption story went wrong. Three dogs adopted from the KACPAW shelter were thought to be going "home" and it turned out to be the the complete ugly opposite. They were sent to a research facility that in the end would remove several vital organs, leaving one of the dogs dead.
The story is graphic and tragic. Here is the website that has published all the details concerning this case. And here is the website for KACPAW where you can find successful stories of rescues and adoptions.
Click here to read a letter written by the Professor that conducted these operations, in an attempt to justify his cause.
You will find a response by Smt. Maneka Gandhi to the Professor at the bottom of this page.