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New Sign Causing Controversy with TAMU College of Vet Med

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 19:14
Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • New Sign Causing Controversy with TAMU College of Vet Med

COLLEGE STATION -- A national organization is asking for ethical changes in Texas A&M research.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says Texas A&M is feeding sheep alcohol and then killing them.

The organization claims the research at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine has been going on since 1997.

According to the group – the study involves veterinarian researchers injecting pregnant sheep with alcohol three times that of the Texas legal limit.

The testing is meant to study the effects of binge drinking in pregnant women – but the organization claims the research hasn't produced any real-life assistance to the syndrome it's doing research on.

The watchdog group put up two controversial signs near the university to raise awareness of the sheep experiments.

They're asking Senator Ted Cruz to intervene – though he is not directly involved.

We spoke with Dr. John Pippin, a representative from the organization and he says Senator Cruz is known for bringing about change of what Pippin believes is wasteful government spending. 

"There is nothing that has come from this research at Texas A&M that has moved us one inch  forward in the recognition, prevention or treatment of fetal alcohol syndrome in humans and it's consumed more than 5 million dollars,” Pippin said.

The organization hopes the university will start to direct the funds towards efforts to help women and children affected by the disease instead of what they're referring to as "killing sheep."

We reached out to the university and Senator Ted Cruz, but our calls went unanswered.

 

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