SPRING GREEN (WKOW) — After months of debate surrounding the Spring Green facility that breeds dogs for medical research, a national research group came to the Village of Spring Green to back up the facility owner’s claims.
On Monday evening, Americans for Medical Progress held a meeting to explain how facilities like the one in question are meant to run and how exactly dogs are used for research. The facility’s owners Jill and Clinton Kane were present but answered few questions.
The meeting was held at Christ Lutheran Church in the city limits and the pastor refused to allow cameras inside for fear it would heighten emotions and make people feel unsafe.
Americans for Medical Progress said the meeting’s goal was to dispel what they call misinformation that often circulates around animal research. Scientist Dr. Cindy Buckmaster said the two most common misconceptions are the way animals are treated and the need for continued animal research.
Buckmaster said animals are treated humanely and there are often trained veterinarians on site at these labs. She said the United States has the strictest laws surrounding the use of animals in research to ensure they are not mistreated.
As for the need for continued research, she said dogs in particular have been essential to helping doctors develop certain cancer treatments and surgical procedures. Still Buckmaster said dogs represent less than half a percent of animals currently used in lab research.