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Live Dogs Abused in Heart Attack Tests in OSU Laboratory: Please send sample message, sign petition

August 19, 2010

For almost 30 years, Ohio State University (OSU) experimenter George Billman has used taxpayer dollars to cut dogs open and induce heart attacks in them. He inserts a cuff around an artery, sews the dogs back up, then forces the dogs to run on a treadmill. He then tightens the cuff to block blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack.

His conclusion—that exercise strengthens the heart—has been common knowledge for decades. Of 768 dogs used by Billman, a staggering 256 of them died—either on the operating table or in the days following the surgery—before he could even test his “hypothesis.”

PETA reviewed the records for 10 dogs recently used by Billman and found evidence that the animals suffered immensely. Dog #3017—a brown hound dog with a white face—was operated on and forced to endure three heart attacks in Billman’s laboratory. Two days after her third heart attack, she died in her cement and steel cage—alone and in pain.

Please send a personal e-mail to OSU’s assistant vice president for research communications,  Earle Holland, and respectfully urge him to stop these cruel and deadly experiments on dogs. Also, send Holland a message through his Facebook page by clicking on the “Send Earle Holland a Message” link, and call his office at 614-292-8384 to make sure that your voice is heard.


SAMPLE EMAIL (courtesy of PETA):

Please Stop Cruel Heart Attack Experiments on Dogs

I was horrified to learn that Ohio State University has been conducting invasive experiments on dogs in which the animals are cut open, have cuffs inserted around an artery, and are then forced to run on a treadmill until they have heart attacks.

It’s also shocking that these experiments have been happening for almost 30 years in an effort to conclude that exercise strengthens the heart—something that has been common knowledge for decades.

I urge you to put an end to these cruel experiments immediately.


Editor’s Note/Update

I received the following message as a response to the email I sent this afternoon, I suspect everyone else has, too:

  • On 8/19/10 5:14 PM, Earle Holland wrote: PETA has once again decided to use inaccurate information and claims to condemn Ohio State University research as a means to stimulate its own fund-raising. We have repeatedly tried to correct the misconception that PETA continues to promulgate. Accurate information about the research in question has been posted on the web for years and interested individuals are advised to review it for their own education. That information can be found at

So I went to that site. A glance at the provided tome of self-gratification does nothing but identify Mr. Billman as the monster that he is, I fail to understand the legitimacy of his actions based on those speciesist, self-serving points. Does he walk on water in his mind? Because that list that does nothing but exemplify the sham that vivisection is: can we all rise up to give Mr. Billman a hand for pursuing such a noble, self-absorbed “profession” ? Honestly, if they were not so depraved, the banal excuses meant to promote social approval would be laughable: it’s culturally rewarding to “altruistically” sacrifice one’s life for the betterment of mankind, thank you for being such a beacon in these ill dark times. Oh, wait, those points only serve to deflect attention from the savagery inflicted on animals; your use of glorified, heroic rhetoric meant to incite metaphorical applause from the “stupid masses” really only demonstrates pathetically-inadequate rationale.

Cardiac disease? The FACT is that cardiac disease would be substantially reduced in the absence of animal flesh consumption; numerous cancers have been proven to be linked to diets that include animal flesh and secretions, don’t PREACH about the importance of CARDIAC research when we ALL KNOW that DIET and bad habits, including alcohol and smoking, are what CAUSE CARDIAC DISEASE.  Admit it, this nation in particular is FAT on FLESH and is diseased because of it. Rather than dolly about maiming and murdering animals who have NOTHING to do with your obsession and self-love, you should behave ETHICALLY, ENVIRONMENTALLY, and MORALLY by LEAVING ANIMALS ALONE and instead endorsing PREVENTION: now THAT would strengthen the heart.

Oh, but prevention is neither as financially nor sadistically satisfying, is it? What would be the fun in playing God if you couldn’t KILL while making money?

I have no prejudices against obese people. I have a problem, however, with people who deliberately, complicity gorge on animal flesh knowing the depravity involved and then who turn to charlatans who continue to kill animals trying to cure such!

And another point: “only 30 dogs are used annually”.  USED.  Exactly!  In other words, 30 are unnecessarily mutilated, subjected to pain and misery, and then murdered, and to attempt validation using an ONLY qualifier is SUCH an outlandishly malignant assertion that words almost fail me. Almost.  Imagine if ONLY 30 people are killed in a traffic accident as the result of a drunk driver, and your entire family was included, how would you feel to such unnecessary death?  Would it be fine for the defense to say, “well, it was ONLY 30 people…”

Each year in the United States, two million people fall victim to unanticipated severe reactions as the result of medications that were previously determined to be SAFE as the result of testing on animals. Those two million people react with pain, debilitation, and death.

But, hey, it only happens to two million people.

Oh, and I never gave PETA any money.

What an utter tosspot.



17 Comments leave one →
  1. stephanie cote permalink
    August 19, 2010 3:27 pm

    It,s very horrible


  2. diana ferrari permalink
    August 19, 2010 3:27 pm



  3. diana ferrari permalink
    August 19, 2010 3:28 pm

    no alla vivisezione pratica crudele e inutile indegna di una società civile


  4. Nancy Goolsby permalink
    August 19, 2010 4:27 pm

    COWARDS!!! there is no need to run these experiments and USE tax payers money for your blood money. Give it up, or we will induce a heart attack in you!!!! Now, how does it feel…Really!


  5. s sureck permalink
    August 19, 2010 4:37 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I am sure you have studied long and hard to occupy this position at Ohio State University. Instead, you should have been a Botanist. You have earned the right to inflict torture and punishment on these defenseless animals; caged, drugged, and unable to escape your cruelties. For this you should be banned, and all such programs at this university stopped immediatley.

    You have no comprehensibility at all, you cannot comprehend that animals feel pain and suffering. I deplore what you are doing, and Ohio State University is going to suffer their own plunging reputation. For this University to support you in this Frankenstein effort, is absolutely un-acceptable. You don’t have to reply to this eMail. I think we understand each other; I know what you are. And you know what I am. For shame, terrible shame on you. What you are doing is unforgiveable, no matter what the reasons you cite.

    In his book Animal Liberation, Peter Singer states that the basic principle of equality does not require equal or identical treatment; it requires equal consideration. This is an important distinction when talking about animal rights. People often ask if animals should have rights, and quite simply, the answer is “Yes!” Animals surely deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation. Jeremy Bentham, the founder of the reforming utilitarian school of moral philosophy, stated that when deciding on a being’s rights, “The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” In that passage, Bentham points to the capacity for suffering as the vital characteristic that gives a being the right to equal consideration. The capacity for suffering is not just another characteristic like the capacity for language or higher mathematics. All animals have the ability to suffer in the same way and to the same degree that humans do. They feel pain, pleasure, fear, frustration, loneliness, and motherly love. Whenever we consider doing something that would interfere with their needs, we are morally obligated to take them into account.

    Supporters of animal rights believe that animals have an inherent worth—a value completely separate from their usefulness to humans. We believe that every creature with a will to live has a right to live free from pain and suffering. Animal rights is not just a philosophy—it is a social movement that challenges society’s traditional view that all nonhuman animals exist solely for human use. As PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has said, “When it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights the knife.”

    I have no respect for your position or a person of your nature to kill and torture. Earlier I signed a petition, but I think I can state this all in my own words. You are a scourge to all animals, and to everything decent many fine people have lent their lives to, and that is to alleviate animal suffering. Your failure is monumental.

    I can only hope that your profit is banned and limited.

    S Sureck

    St Petersburg florida


    • Stacey permalink
      August 20, 2010 10:57 am

      Amazing letter! This really is exceptional, thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have the time to continue writing your thoughts to others, you have a gift. 🙂


    • Lorin permalink
      February 26, 2011 6:25 pm

      Wow, I hope you sent this off! Very eloquent and powerful.


  6. Philip McGehee permalink
    August 19, 2010 7:32 pm

    Dr. Mengele is alive and well hiding behind the cloak of Science.


  7. Mary Blackchurch permalink
    August 19, 2010 8:04 pm

    Oh Mr. Billman,

    You’re a serial killer. In what way are you any different? Did mother abuse you as a child? One day you will get your own prison sentence. I await that day with great anticipation.


  8. Coleen Darni permalink
    August 19, 2010 8:11 pm

    This barbaric and heartless practice…abusing, torturing and murdering helpless, sentient and non human species animals, in the name of science and medicine must stop. It is an unforgivable form of “research”, and a horrific example of how very primitive and cruel we remain as a species. If you want to test your medicine on something..try using our own species..those who have raped and murdered..those who sit behind bars, playing cards, raping each other, using up tax dollars being useless, while the rest of the country suffers and tries to survive.
    This disrespect to the animals will no longer be tolerated by those in our species who have evolved ans recognize it for what it is. Genocide. NO MORE.


  9. Voice for the voiceless - VERONICA GALISTAN permalink
    August 20, 2010 1:12 am

    This is absolutely barbaric and sickening beyond words!! Stop the cruelty and let animal live their lives!! You ARE NOTHING TO PLAY GOD so leave the fate of each soul in God’s hand and not yours!! MURDERER!!


  10. ines vasquez permalink
    August 20, 2010 12:46 pm

    have no words to express myself, BARBARIC, TERRIBLE, hoping you will suffer half what these poor animals are suffering…


  11. Catherine Miele permalink
    August 20, 2010 7:12 pm

    There is no excuse to abuse dogs or any other animal for this purpose. PLEASE STOP NOW!


  12. Lorin permalink
    February 26, 2011 6:10 pm

    Please, please submit another email to earle holland. Your argument is extremely strong, and rips apart the flimy explanation Ohio State University has posted on their website. This really cleared things up and exposed the truth behind the cruelty of Billman’s actions. He must be brought down!


  13. Sonya Matalon permalink
    August 13, 2015 9:14 pm

    PETA if my help is needed in columbus ohio , where obviously I live in a state and city, where they feel it’s ok to take my tax money to kill dogs for their bullshit !! I am outraged !!


  14. Lamis permalink
    February 25, 2018 6:51 pm

    Hi, I am writing an essay about the specifics on George’s method of torture. I was wondering if you can let me know you last and middle name. Also if it isn’t too much can you tell me the date this was published


    • February 26, 2018 6:56 am

      Hi, Lamis. This is actually authored by PETA and was originally published in 2010. Thanks for all you do.


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