WE WON! WE WON!! WE WON!!!
Thanks to all of you who supported the effort, and was a part of the movement, R&R Research will no longer have a contract with Montcalm MI to harvest former family pets for free and sell them for "research" at gains of $300 - $400 per dog and who knows how much for cats.
The betrayal of public trust and innocent victim animal trust in this situation was extreme and repugnant. But thanks to you all, the contract is cancelled as of August 1. (Now we just have to get those poor, innocent souls through August 1.) Please scroll down and read the final report.
Congratulations for a job well done.
Nancy Jean Rose
UPDATE: Montcalm votes to end animal research contract
April 27, 2009
MONTCALM COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Montcalm County leaders will end their contract with a research company that uses animals from the county's shelter.
The county board of commissioners voted this afternoon to end the agreement with R&R Research effective August 1.
The deal with R&R has been the source of heated debate for months in Montcalm County. Montcalm is one of only three counties in Michigan that takes what are supposed to be "unwanted" shelter animals and sells them to research facilities.
R&R Research disposes of the remains of euthanized animals from the Montcalm County Animal Shelter. In return, the company uses unwanted dogs and cats from the facility.
The deal has been highly controversial. Last month, a committee formed to look at the issue, recommended ending the county's contract with R&R.
The owner of R&R Research had a chance to make a final pitch to the Board of Commissions this afternoon, but the board decided to end the controversial contract.
Sandy Carlton with the Concerned Citizens Coalition says she is relieved, but citizens now have to do their part to help the animal shelter succeed. "It's succeeded in other counties, but we still have work to do. We're glad this happened. Very happy. It's a big step."