Kinship Circle: ACT by 1/12: Misery For Profit At Michigan Pound

January 7th, 2009 9:11 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Jan 7, 2009 4:21 PM
Subject: ACT by 1/12: Misery For Profit At Michigan Pound

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COMPANION ANIMAL CAMPAIGNS
1/7/09: Misery For Profit At Michigan Pound

This issue comes up for a vote at the commissioners meeting, 1/12/09

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Michigan Deals with the Devil, http://www.poocini.com/report/archives/964

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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION. Sample Letter Follows

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Many alerts currently circulating the Internet about Montcalm County’s pound seizure practice ask activists to CALL and/or SNAIL-MAIL comments, rather than email them: “Please…write a good old-fashioned letter and copy it 9 times. Often when email is sent for something like this the commissioners will simply hit DELETE.”

STREET ADDRESS FOR ALL COMMISSIONERS:
Montcalm County Commissioners
Administrative Building, 3rd Floor
211 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888

Commissioner Marcia Walker
home: 616-754-8236; email: lloydwalker [at] chartermi.net

Commissioner Tom Lindeman
home: 616-754-4918; email: tblindeman [at] sbcglobal.net

Commissioner Ron Retzloff
home: 989-235-6827; email: comish [at] casair.net

Commissioner John Johansen
home: 616-754-5375; email: johm [at] pathwaynet.com

Commissioner Carl Paepke
home: 616-636-5692; email: johm [at] pathwaynet.com

Commissioner Ron Baker
home: 231-937-5465; email: rbaker68amx [at] hotmail.com

Commissioner Pat Carr
home: 989-352-8129; NO EMAIL

Commissioner Roger Caris
home: 989-268-5875; email: rcaris [at] gccmha.org

Commissioner John McCrackin
home: 989-584-3713; NO EMAIL

City of Stanton, Mayor Robert Burns
225 S. Camburn St.
P.O. Box 449
Stanton, MI 48888
ph: 989 831-4440; fax: 989-831-5756
email: mayor [at] cityofstantonmi.com

Montcalm County Animal Control
154 W. Quarterline St.
P.O. Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888
ph: 989-831-7355; fax: 989-831-7410

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SAMPLE LETTER — This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
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Dear Montcalm County Officials:

Please do not send companion animals to research laboratories. I implore you to cancel the county’s contract with R & R Research, Inc. and never again engage a Class B dealer to dispose of homeless animals.

Behind a lab’s closed doors, animals undergo invasive surgeries, toxic dosing, food/water deprivation, and prolonged pain. Still, your taxpayers subsidize pound seizure whether they like it or not. They indirectly fund animal tests that delay medical progress with misleading results.

It is particularly irresponsible to support animal research when strides in in-vitro technology, computer automation, and many more animal-free methods now uncover data relevant to human health and safety.

Clearly, there is no altruism in dealing cats and dogs for research. There is only profit. In 2006, USDA records reveal R & R Research of Howard City, Michigan grossed $196,723 from the sale of 621 dogs and cats. Moreover, R & R flaunts an unethical history. A 2006 USDA citation shows R & R illegally transported dogs chained to a livestock trailer. In 2005, R & R was cited for procuring dogs and cats from Howard City, where there is no pound. Apparently officials sold their strays to R & R.

Before that, the Michigan Attorney General ordered R & R to pull its “animal shelter” listing in the yellow pages. In the 1990s, a WOOD TV investigative video portrayed R & R owners gassing animals in a corroded “CO2 barrel.”

At the very least, Montcalm officials ought to be embarrassed by their relationship with a Class B dealer. I strongly encourage you to terminate your contract with R & R and permanently stop pound seizure — a shady practice abandoned by most counties nationwide.

This issue has generated worldwide publicity via the Internet. I look forward to your feedback.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS

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Michigan deals with the devil
http://www.poocini.com/report/archives/964

Montcalm County Animal “Shelter” Cruelty Exposed
http://www.michanimalnews.com/Montcalm_Animal_Control.html

Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
http://www.cccmontcalm.org/

Michigan Animal Shelter Ships Animals to Class B Research Dealer
http://www.michanimalnews.com/co2_euth_followup.html

R&R Research; 19256 W. Kendaville Rd.; Howard City, MI 49329; 231-937-5680
http://guide.labanimal.com/guide/companyd.jsp?b=5285

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