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Missouri university researchers blind 6 beagle pups — then slaughter them after their study fails

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Four researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia are under fire after they killed six beagle puppies after first blinding them and then being unable to return their sight with a drug therapy they are working on.

According to the Riverfront Times, the fate of the six pups — ages nine to twelve months — was revealed in a research paper published in the 2016 Journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

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According to the paper, the researchers blinded the dogs by damaging their corneas and when they were unable to restore their sight with an experimental drug treatment, the dogs were killed.

Dan Kolde, a St. Louis-based attorney for the Beagle Freedom Project, was horrified saying,, “We would have found them homes. The Beagle Freedom Project would have happily taken these dogs.”

Kolde also noted that the researchers knew their study was doomed to failure because the sample was size was too small by their own admission before going ahead with the six pups.

“Prior to study initiation, a power analysis was performed and it was determined that 12 animals per group would be required to detect a clinically significant difference in healing rates.” their paper stated “a study size of 24 dogs was deemed impractical given concerns of animal resources for this pilot study.”

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A spokesperson for the university defended their actions, invoking not only the need to research methods of restoring eyesight, but making an appeal to patriotism.

“Without animal research, we would not be able to answer some of the most important medical questions,” Mary Jo Banken, a spokeswoman for the university stated in an emailed statement. “Researchers at the University of Missouri are working to develop painless or non-invasive treatments for corneal injuries to the eyes of people and dogs, including search and rescue dogs and other service animals.”

“Since dogs share similar eye characteristics with people, they are ideal candidates for corneal studies, and veterinarians have provided vital information to physicians and veterinarians treating corneal injuries – which ultimately benefit other dogs, animals and humans, including many of our U.S. veterans who have sustained corneal injuries while defending our country,” she continued.

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According to the spokesperson, “The animals were treated humanely and every effort was made to ensure dogs were as comfortable as possible during the tests to study the effectiveness of the new drug treatment.”

Kolde, from the Beagle Freedom Project, said he has been keeping an eye on the research done on the dogs at the university and had previously sought records relating to the care of beagles, which the school is required by law to maintain.

According to Kolde, the university said it would make them available to him for over $82,000 — the Riverfront Times also reported — or approximately $7 a page.

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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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