"I was absolutely disgusted. This testing is not necessary. These are implants that have been approved for FDA use in humans and testing in humans." That's all Dennis Briatico would offer when asked his initial feelings to the HSUS allegations against the GRU dental research department.
Officials for the university defended their decision to use dogs for research. Saying they are doing so within federal regulations. Mark Hamrick, Senior Vice President of Research at GRU explains "GRU's animal facility and animal use protocols are regularly reviewed and inspected by the USDA and the USDA has found no incidents of non-compliance."
Dog lovers argue that the video shows otherwise. For Briatico, GRU's response was nothing more than a call to action.
He adds "when you see something that's wrong and you know in your heart that it's wrong, it's up to you as an individual to gather other individuals to come together and try to make things right."
Briatico says he's making it right with the Million Dog March on GRU Dental that started as a Facebook group. Just 24 hours later, more than 300 supporters have confirmed their attendance to the demonstration and animal rescue groups have joined the cause.
Lars Swearingen L.E.A.S.H. Squad tells me "--a small level of rage when I see stuff like this. If it was so humane, why isn't it being done with people?"
According to a national study done by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, each year more than 20 million animals are used for research. 65,000 of them being dogs.
And Briatico says his group is not against animal testing. They're speaking out about the morality of this particular incident.
"I hope the testing that they choose from now on will be more moral. This is cosmetic dentistry," he goes on.
The Million Dog Walk on GRU is scheduled for December 7th. Since the original protest announcement, another demonstration has been organized for Friday morning -- also speaking out against the treatment portrayed in the chilling video by the Humane Society of the United States.
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