The scientific experiments of Dr. Oz killed over 300 dogs, a litter of puppies

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In a scandal that’s sure to make Mitt Romney – who famously has his seat belt buckled Family dog ​​on the roof of his car for a road trip – look like a PETA activist, a review of 75 studies published by Mehmed Oz between 1989 and 2010 revealed the Republican Senate candidate’s research killed over 300 dogs and caused them and the other animals used in experiments significant suffering.

Oz, who lives in New Jersey and is currently running for the US Senate from Pennsylvania, was the “principal examiner” in the laboratories of the Columbia University Institute of Comparative Medicine for years and assumed “full scientific, administrative and fiscal responsibility for the conduct” of his studies . Over the course of 75 studies published in Jezebel-reviewed journals, the Oz team conducted experiments on at least 1,027 live animals, including dogs, pigs, calves, rabbits and small rodents. Thirty-four of those experiments resulted in the deaths of at least 329 dogs, while two of his experiments killed 31 pigs and 38 experiments killed 661 rabbits and rodents.

In the early 2000s, a whistleblower and veterinarian named Catherine Dell’Orto reported on Oz’s investigations into extensive suffering inflicted on his team’s canine test subjects, including multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which sets minimum standards for the care of dogs, cats, primates, rabbits and other animals owned by pet dealers and laboratories. The law specifically requires researchers and breeders to use pain-relieving drugs or euthanasia on the animals and not use paralytics without anesthesia or experimentation multiple times on the same animal.

Dell’Orto testifies that a dog on which Oz’s team was experimenting suffered lethargy, vomiting, paralysis and kidney failure but was not euthanized for two full days. She claimed other truly horrifying examples of needlessly cruel treatment of dogs, including at least one dog that, despite her unstable, painful condition, was kept alive for further experiments for a month, although data from her continued experiments was deemed unusable. According to Dell’Orto, a study led by Oz resulted in a litter of puppies being killed by intracardiac injection, with syringes of expired medication being inserted into their hearts without sedation. After they were killed, the puppies were reportedly left in a garbage bag with live puppies, who were their littermates. Dell’Orto’s allegations made in 2003 and 2004, are detailed in letters from PETA to the university and USDA. in a (n interview With Billy Penn last month, she conceded that PETA was “not a reliable source of information,” but said the letters from the organization honestly reflected what she told the organization and what she provided documentation for.

In May 2004, Columbia University was asked to do so by the USDA pay a $2,000 fine for violating the Animal Welfare Act. The fine Columbia paid was the result of a settlement between the university and the USDA, based on the results of Columbia’s internal investigation into Oz’s research. The USDA accepted these findings, but according to Dell’Orto, the review was flawed and “had investigators on the committee who were also involved in this type of poorly designed, cruel animal experimentation.” Dell’Orto also noted that although Oz wasn’t the one who euthanized the dogs and puppies himself, “If your name is on the experiment and the way the experiment is designed inflicts such cruelty on these animals, gives it a problem.”

Months after paying the $2,000 fine in December 2004, Columbia defended Oz amid animal abuse allegations, calling him “a highly respected researcher and clinician” who adhered “to the highest standards of animal care” but failed to provide any specifics to deny allegations Dell’Orto had leveled against Oz. On Monday, Jezebel contacted the Columbia Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the Oz Senate campaign. Columbia declined to comment and Oz’s campaign has yet to respond. In particular, in April of this year the Daily Beast reported that the university appeared to have severed all ties with Oz and removed his personal pages from the medical center’s website. Oz has previously held senior positions including vice chair of surgery and director of integrated medicine at the medical center.

Oz is currently running against the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania John Fetterman. Due to a series of bizarre campaign gaffes, including a hilariously made-up campaign video of Oz calling vegetables “raw,” and the revival of his veggies story of creepy comments towards women, Oz Fetterman lagged behind for most of the race. But after a lot of obsession, Anti-Fetterman Fox News segmentsand key police endorsements of Oz, the latest polls show the race is intensifying.

in a (n interview With Jezebel last month, Fetterman’s wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, referenced long-standing allegations of animal abuse against Oz in a warning to voters doing things, you get a picture of someone who’s a pretty dangerous person,” Gisele said. “This is certainly not someone I would want to make decisions about my rights or any other rights of women and peoples in the state and decide whether doctors go to jail for providing life-saving services.”

Dog abuse allegations against Oz are a drop in the candidate’s proverbial bucket of scandal at this point — but given the pan-American tradition of loving dogs more than people, this might be difficult to sweep under the rug. The scientific experiments of Dr. Oz killed over 300 dogs, a litter of puppies

Adam Bradshaw

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