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20 greyhounds euthanized at Tuskegee veterinary school

There are 4 comments on the Montgomery Advertiser story from Oct 3, 2007, titled 20 greyhounds euthanized at Tuskegee veterinary school. In it, Montgomery Advertiser reports that:

Twenty greyhound racing dogs were recently dropped off at the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary, where they were summarily euthanized. via Montgomery Advertiser

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Tuskegee Redux

Atlanta, GA

#1 Oct 6, 2007
Once again, Tuskegee University has failed to excercise due care to its patients. At least the dogs didn't die slow agonizing deaths for untreated syphilis like the destitute black men did for the clinical study TU conducted between 1932 to 1972. Then again, TU didn't summarily execute those men like they did the 20 greyhounds, either, and some of the men managed to live. I'm not saying that a dog's life is equal to a man's, but there seems to be a similarity in how the med school regarded patients entrusted to their care and how the vet school regards animals entrusted to theirs. The former incident was called the Tuskegee Study. The latter might be called the Tuskegee Extermination. I read the Montgomery Advertiser article. I don't know who to write besides the vet school and the university president.
Life just isn't worth much to some people. You'd expect that from a sleezy track owner, but from a state-funded university and vet school? And they call themselves “the pride of the swift, growing south.” There's a phony conceit. More like the sluggish, retrograde, so-twenty-years ago south. I could spit nails at those people.

Island Park, NY

#2 Oct 8, 2007
Why is no one stepping up to admit wrong doing in the euthanization of the greyhounds delivered to Tuskegee University? To hide this hideous act is even worse than the act itself. Hiding it only allows the person responsible for dumping the dogs at the university the time to cover their tracks. It also allows them to continue on with killing more greyhounds as this was their goal accomplished through the acts of an unwitting group of med students. Why did the school not contact adoption groups to take care of the dogs? If there is any concern in your hearts at all, please come forward and do the right thing to help prevent future acts of violence to these innocent creatures.
Tuskegee graduate

Clarksville, MD

#3 Jul 19, 2008
you are an idiot to compare a university that majority of the educators are black or minorities and serves to educate blacks to a (white)governmental plan to watch economically black men suffer from a curable disease in hopes for a good autopsy specimen. Your comment proves a little knowledge is dangerous. Apples and oranges dumbass. Sincereley a white graduate from tuskegee

Fort Pierce, FL

#4 Jun 3, 2009
There is nothing painful or violent about euthanasia. The barbiturate phenylbarbitol quickly and painlessly allows the animal to pass. I am confident that these animals will be used for teaching students and that they will have the utmost respect and gratitude for the opportunity they have been given to learn from these animals.

Veterinarians are required to take an oath at the completion of their intense degree course, which is as follows:
"I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge."
These greyhounds that were euthanized clearly had no appropriate alternative living arrangements-- What would you prefer, allowing the 20 dogs to be abandoned on the street, where they would have to scrounge for food and water, and potentially have a painful death due to parasitic or viral infection, or car accident? These veterinarians acting to relieve potential suffering.
In order for us to make advancements in Veterinary and Human medicine we must learn from the associated species. It is also important that we have an idea of what "normal" systems look like vs. diseased. Therefore, I believe that these dogs will serve to be an important learning to tool for the students and staff at Tuskegee. There lives were not taken in vain, but for the advancement of medicine.

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