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Meet Iams ResearchersThe following is a small sample of the hundreds of painful and deadly experiments carried out by Iams researchers, past and present:
Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Iams
In one experiment, she intentionally put 24 young dogs into kidney failure, removed their right kidneys, conducted numerous painful invasive procedures on the dogs over a matter of months, and then killed the surviving dogs.
White JV (University of Georgia), Hirakawa DA (The Iams Company), et al. Effect of dietary protein on functional, morphologic, and histologic changes of the kidney during compensatory renal growth in dogs. Am J Vet Res 1991 Aug;52(8):1357-65.
Director of Technical Services, Iams
He once removed 31 dogs’ kidneys to increase their risk of renal damage, keeping the surviving dogs alive for 48 months to study them, then killed and dissected the dogs. In a private meeting, he referred to dogs as "specimens."
Finco DR (University of Georgia), Carey D (The Iams Company), et al. Effects of aging and dietary protein intake on uninephrectomized geriatric dogs. Am J Vet Res 1994 Sep;55(9):1282-90.
Director of Clinical Research and Intellectual Properties, Iams
In an Iams experiment, he surgically forced 28 cats into kidney failure. The cats either died during the experiment or were killed by Sunvold to study the effects of protein on their kidneys.
Finco DR, Sunvold G, et al. Influence of protein and energy in cats with renal failure. In: Reinhart GA, Carey DP, eds. Recent Advances in Canine and Feline Nutrition, Volume II: 1998 Iams Nutrition Symposium Proceedings. Wilmington, Ohio: Orange Frazer Press; 1998. p. 413-24.
Gregory A. Reinhart
Vice President, Strategic Research and Communications Research and Development Division, Iams
He chemically damaged 18 male beagle puppies’ kidneys, fed them experimental diets, inserted tubes into their penises, and then killed them.
Grauer GF (Colorado State University), Reinhart GA (The Iams Company), et al. Effects of dietary n-3 fatty acid supplementation versus thromboxane synthetase inhibition on gentamicin-induced nephrotoxicosis in healthy male dogs. Am J Vet Res 1996 Jun;57(6):948-56.
Research and Development Division, Iams
He removed the ovaries and uteruses of 56 dogs to study the effects of beta carotene on their “reproductive performance.”
Weng BC (Washington State University), Lepine AJ (The Iams Company), et al. Beta-carotene uptake and changes in ovarian steroids and uterine proteins during the estrous cycle in the canine. J Anim Sci 2000;78:1284-90.
Iams Chair in Clinical Nutrition
University of Vienna, Austria
In one of the most gruesome experiments imaginable, he killed six healthy 6-month-old Great Dane puppies and then “minced, lyophilized, fat extracted with light petrol, dried and ground” the puppies in order to conduct a “total body analysis.”
Kienzle E (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich), Zentek J (The Iams Company), Meyer H. Body composition of puppies and young dogs. J Nut 1998 Dec;128(12):2680S-3S.
Patrick R. Gavin
Chief Scientific Officer at the Iams Pet Imaging Center
Just before joining Iams, Gavin conducted a cruel experiment to test the safety and precision of “intensity modulated radiation therapy” (IMRT) in dogs. In addition to exposing 15 young adult dogs to high doses of radiation, inflicting a pathological softening of the spinal cord on them (myelomalacia), and subsequently killing them, he made the following callous comments in his published research paper:
“[W]e wanted to deliver a [radiation] dose likely to cause severe damage to the spinal cord …”
“The six dogs in Group A developed severe neurologic dysfunction …. [T]he dogs were unable to support weight or walk.”
Gavin, PR (Washington State University), et al. Spatial accuracy of fractionated IMRT delivery studies in canine paraspinal irradiation. Vet Radiol & Ultrasound 2003;44(3):360-66.