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Let It Rip Weekend: Stand Your Ground & Animal Research

Let It Rip Weekend: Stand Your Ground & Animal Research

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  • Let It Rip Weekend: Stand Your Ground & Animal Research

    Let It Rip Weekend: Stand Your Ground & Animal Research

    Let It Rip Weekend: Stand Your Ground & Animal Research

    Sunday, November 17 2013 10:55 AM EST2013-11-17 15:55:57 GMT
    Now that Ted Wafer, the Dearborn Heights homeowner who shot Renisha Mcbride, has been charged with murder, will he use Michigan's Stand Your Ground law for his defense?
    Now that Ted Wafer, the Dearborn Heights homeowner who shot Renisha Mcbride, has been charged with murder, will he use Michigan's Stand Your Ground law for his defense?
  • Let It Rip Weekend: Costly Bankruptcy Consultants & Obamacare's Debut

    Let It Rip Weekend: Costly Bankruptcy Consultants & Obamacare's Debut

    Let It Rip Weekend: Costly Bankruptcy Consultants & Obamacare's Debut

    Sunday, October 6 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-10-06 14:33:40 GMT
    Detroit's City Council President takes on one of the consultants making millions to wipe away the city's debt. Plus, what about that deal to lease Belle Isle? And as Obamacare makes its debut, how's it playing out in Detroit?
    Detroit's City Council President takes on one of the bankruptcy consultants making millions to wipe away the city's debt. Plus, what about that deal to lease Belle Isle to the state? And as Obamacare makes its debut, how's the controversial healthcare law playing out in Detroit?
  • Let it Rip Weekend: Mayoral race and EM's 'dumb & lazy' comment

    Let it Rip Weekend: Mayoral race and EM's 'dumb & lazy' comment

    Monday, August 5 2013 8:20 AM EDT2013-08-05 12:20:25 GMT
    We take on the race for Detroit Mayor and the controversial comments by Detroit's EM calling Detroiters "dumb, lazy, happy and rich."
    A new poll shows Mike Duggan leading in the race for Detroit Mayor. Could those dirty tricks against him actually be paying off in his favor? Duggan supporter and community activist Malik Shabazz thinks

Now that Ted Wafer, the Dearborn Heights homeowner who shot Renisha Mcbride, has been charged with murder, will he use Michigan's Stand Your Ground law for his defense? And should Lansing lawmakers re-examine the measure in light of this tragedy? Sam Riddle thinks so.  He's now the political director for Michigan's National Action Network.  But State Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) says Stand Your Ground is a perfectly good law that's saved a lot of lives.  He should know, he authored it.

Plus, Wayne State University is coming under fire for their animal research.  The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says their experiments are cruel and have done nothing to advance human health.  Dr. Jennifer Giordano, an Oakland County psychiatrist joins us to talk about it.  But Wayne State says the PCRM is way off base.  Their Director of Communications, Matt Lockwood, issued to following statement.

Wayne State University denies the PCRM's charges. The PCRM is dedicated to ending animal research of any kind, a viewpoint unsupported by many organizations including the American Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Wayne State is committed to the protection of animals, but also recognizes the benefits of research involving animals. Animal research has played a vital role in virtually every major medical advance of the last century – for both human and animal health. From antibiotics to blood transfusions, from dialysis to chemotherapy, bypass surgery and joint replacement, practically every present day protocol for the prevention, treatment, cure and control of disease, pain and suffering is based on knowledge attained through research with animals.

Every winter we hear about someone having a heart attack while shoveling snow. Certain types of exercise trigger a type of feedback loop in people with high blood pressure or modest heart failure. How this feedback loop is triggered and why it escalates to a heart attack under certain conditions, like shoveling snow, is not well understood.  Research at Wayne State is making progress uncovering the factors that contribute to this deadly cycle.

The animal laboratories at Wayne State are subject to surprise inspections, veterinary oversight, and intense scrutiny by the United States Department of Agriculture; our record is exemplary.

The USDA conducted inspection of Wayne State's animal laboratories on Nov. 12 and 13, 2013 following PCRM allegations and the USDA found no problems whatsoever. The USDA also inspected WSU's animal labs between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, 2011. No violations were found.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare also concurred on Jan. 27, 2012 with a Wayne State Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee investigation that found no evidence of noncompliance with the federal policy on humane care and use of laboratory animals.  

Wayne State University is committed to ensuring that all research and teaching protocols using live animals are designed and carried out in a humane manner that complies with all laws, policies, and guidelines. The university has the highest level of ethical standards in conducting biomedical research, as well as the highest level of care for animals used in research, and has been accredited by the Association of Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care International since its inception.

The university strictly adheres to the policy of using only as many animals as reasonably necessary, minimizing pain and distress, and using alternatives whenever feasible.

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