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Humane Society Legislative Fund Condemns Candidate Shri Thanedar’s Alleged Neglect of Animals

WASHINGTON (May 04, 2018)—Today the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, condemned the alleged neglect of animals at a testing facility once owned by candidate for governor Shri Thanedar.

Michiganders have a long history of widespread support for animal protection and have repeatedly gone to the ballot box and their legislature to protect wolves, doves, and puppies.

"Michigan voters have shown time and time again that animal welfare is a key issue when casting their ballots for issues or candidates," said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. "Monkeys and dogs were not provided basic humane care in this case of alleged neglect. We applaud the animal rescue organizations that stepped in to give these animals a second chance.”

Thanedar reportedly continued this neglect by fighting efforts to place the dogs and monkeys into sanctuaries. Using the care and custody of animals to "make a point" in a legal proceeding is inhumane and unjust.

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"The animals' caretakers had reportedly climbed fences to provide food and water until more solid arrangements were made."—USA Today: Pet Talk: Rescuing 118 test-lab beagles is a labor of dog love

"About 170 dogs and monkeys were rescued in 2010 from an abandoned pharmaceutical testing lab owned by Shri Thanedar, a Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate currently leading in the polls."—Huffpost: Over 100 Dogs And Monkeys Were Rescued From Michigan Democrat’s Shuttered Company

"A top Democratic contender in the Michigan governor's race fought to sell off more than 100 animals at a shuttered pharmaceutical testing facility he owned, court records show, contradicting his account of events that culminated in the neglected animals' rescue."—Huffpost: Michigan Gov. Candidate Delayed Rescue Of Animals He Claims He Tried To Save


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